Sunset Boulevard BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Richard Hubert Smith
  • NY TIMES

  • AMNY

  • EW

  • NEWSDAY

  • CHIC TRIB

Opening Night:
February 9, 2017
Closing:
June 25, 2017

Theater: Palace Theatre / 1564 Broadway, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Glenn Close revisits her Tony Award-winning performance of Norma Desmond in this acclaimed revival.

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.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Sunset Boulevard

    That ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Close-Up, Finely Focused

    Ben Brantley

    February 9, 2017: The scenery may have shrunk, but that face — oh, that face — looms larger than ever. So does the ego that animates it, both indomitable and irreparably broken. “With one look,” indeed, to borrow a song lyric that describes such unsettling presence. That outrageous, over-the-top, desperate old lady shedding sanity on the stage of the Palace Theater still has the poetry in her gaze to break every heart. Yes, Hollywood’s most fatally narcissistic glamour girl, Norma Desmond, is back in town, in the pared-down revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” that opened on Thursday night. It is a show that exists almost entirely to let its star blaze to her heart’s content. The light she casts is so dazzling, this seems an entirely sufficient reason to be.

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  • AM NEW YORK REVIEW OF Sunset Boulevard

    Glenn Close shines in revival

    Matt Windman

    February 9, 2017: Two decades since its splashy Broadway premiere, the plot and the production history of “Sunset Boulevard,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sweeping 1990s musical treatment of Billy Wilder’s 1950 film noir, have become one and the same.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard: EW stage review

    Leah Greenblatt

    February 9, 2017: Great divas never die; they just wait for the next Broadway revival. Nearly 70 years after faded star Norma Desmond swanned into pop-culture legend in Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 film noir, she’s still a spangled, endlessly quotable icon of Hollywood madness — and a delicious opportunity for any actress over 40 who knows her way around a big gesture and a bejeweled turban.

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  • NEWSDAY REVIEW OF Sunset Boulevard

    Glenn Close ready for a less grandiose close-up

    Adam Feldman

    February 9, 2017: She is big. It’s the production that got small. Glenn Close’s Norma Desmond and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” have returned to Broadway for a limited run in a far less grandiose version than the extravaganza that won seven Tony Awards in 1995. (That was a year, not to be snotty about it, when the only other musical contender was “Smokey Joe’s Café.”)

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  • CHICAGO TRIBUNE REVIEW OF Sunset Boulevard

    Glenn Close is scary good in 'Sunset Boulevard' on Broadway

    Chris Jones

    February 9, 2017: When Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of "Sunset Boulevard" first opened at London's Adelphi Theatre in 1993, audiences were dazzled by John Napier's gilded re-creation of Norma Desmond's mansion of deranged despair. This unforgettable gothic-baroque — and irony-free — hunk of maximalist expressionism came replete with a huge pipe organ and enough twisting nooks and crevices to tease the eye all night. It allowed for noir accommodation but was burnished in the darkest of brooding golds.

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