Due to popular demand, Nikolai Foster’s concert production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical will now be available to watch at home until the 17th January.
Leciester’s Curve Theatre has announced that it will be extending its run of Sunset Boulevard in Concert due to popular demand for the critically acclaimed production.
Adhering to government guidelines at the time of filming, the concert production was filmed in the theatre’s newly configured auditorium and was made available to stream from the 22nd December.
Talking about the news, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said: “We’ve been blown away by the incredible response to our production of Sunset Boulevard and we are thrilled the gates of Paramount will now remain open for one more week. From our initial plans to perform the show to socially-distanced audiences, to creating a filmed version in a matter of days, this has been an exceptional achievement by all involved. We know nothing will ever replace the electric joy of live theatre, but during this third national lockdown, we hope this astonishing musical, performed by an incredible company of actors and musicians, continues to bring joy into our audiences’ homes, both here in the UK and across the globe.”
Directed by Nikolai Foster, the company for the production includes many who were involved with the 2017 international touring production including Ria Jones as Norma Desmond, Danny Mac as Joe Gillis, Molly Lynch as Betty Schaefer, Adam Pearce as Max Von Mayerling, Dougie Carter as Artie Green and Carl Sanderson as Cecil B DeMille.
The cast is completed by Benjamin Chambers, Owen Chaponda, Joanna Goodwin, Kristoffer Hellström, James Meunier, Gemma Naylor, Joanna O’Hare, Jessica Paul, Sam Peggs and Barney Wilkinson.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is based on Billy Wilder’s film and is set over a turbulent New Year’s Eve in 1940s Hollywood. It is a gripping tale of romance, glamour and obsession.
The score is performed by 16-piece orchestra, supported by music licensing company PPL. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker, musical direction by Chris Mundy and orchestral management by Stephen Hill for Musicians UK Ltd. The production team also includes Set Designer Colin Richmond, Choreographer Lee Proud, Lighting Designer Ben Cracknell, Sound Designer Tom Marshall, Video Designer Douglas O’Connell and casting by David Grindrod CDG. This production was filmed and edited by Crosscut Media.
As part of the extended run, Nikolai Foster will also host a live pre-show talk at 6pm on Tuesday 12th January, including cast members Ria Jones, Danny Mac and Molly Lynch, as well as Musical Supervisor Stephen Brooker, Lighting Designer Ben Cracknell and Company Stage Manager Julia Reid. Tickets for this online event are priced at £10 per household.
Tickets for Sunset Boulevard – at Home are available to purchase online now. Tickets cost just £20 per household. Visit www.curveonline.co.uk for further information and to book.