A new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard has received a positive response from critics.
Hollywood actress Glenn Close stars in the musical, which opened on Monday evening at London’s Coliseum theatre.
Writing in The Guardian, Michael Billington said the new production had given the show “a new lease of life”.
“Close delivers the big lines not with a camp flourish but as if they were sincerely felt,” he said.
Billington noted that the show had “none of the epic scale of the original London production” but added this was to the producers’ credit: “Sometimes semi-staged is better than the luxurious grandeur of an elephantine West End musical.”
Glenn Close is reprising the role of Norma Desmond, a character she first played on Broadway in 1994. She won a Tony award at the time for her performance.
Holly Williams from theatre website WhatsOnStage said: “It might be 20 years since she bagged a Tony in this part, but I wouldn’t bet against her scooping a few shiny new gongs this time round.”
However, some critics did note that Close’s voice occasionally struggled with the higher notes.
“[Close’s] vocal instrument may not be as sharp as it once was, but she brings an utterly ferocious intensity to the part and the songs,” Mark Shenton wrote in his review for The Stage.
Time Out also had some criticisms of the production: “Like many later Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, Sunset Boulevard is not brilliant.”
Andrzej Lukowski added that “69-year-old Close is definitely a bit old to play 50-year-old silent movie star Norma Desmond”.
Rod McPhee, writing in The Daily Mirror, said Close “masterfully belts out the show’s biggest numbers, and earned rapturous applause as a result. Her first musical in London’s West End proves that she’s far from a fading star.”
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Source:: BBC Entertainment