Tony Award®-winning musical masterpiece, Sunset Boulevard, to visit Birmingham Hippodrome

Tony Award®-winning musical masterpiece, Sunset Boulevard, to visit Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Hippodrome is thrilled to welcome Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning (Best Musical, Best Original Score & Best Book of a Musical) masterpiece Sunset Boulevard, directed by Leicester Curve Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and starring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond, from Mon 13- Sat 18 Nov 2017.

One of the all-time great musicals, Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession, based on Billy Wilder’s legendary film, with Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s wonderful book and lyrics. The original West End production opened at the Adelphi Theatre in 1993. A complex study of unrequited love, loneliness and searing ambition, Sunset Boulevard pays homage to the golden age of Hollywood.

Ria Jones ‘Norma Desmond’. Photo Manuel Harlan

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style.  Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences.

Internationally acclaimed musical theatre star Ria Jones, who received standing ovations every night when performing the role at the London Coliseum as understudy to Glenn Close, will play Norma Desmond.

Ria Jones ‘Norma Desmond’ and Company. Photo Manuel Harlan

With book and lyrics by Academy Award winners Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sunset Boulevard features songs such as With One Look, The Perfect Year, The Greatest Star Of All and the title song, Sunset Boulevard. Performed by a 16 piece orchestra, this “majestic, mesmerizing and teasingly seductive!” (The Evening Standard) production promises to be a spectacular event.

Sunset Boulevard will visit Birmingham Hippodrome from Mon 13 – Sat 18 Nov. .