Review: Sunset Boulevard – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Scott Balfour checks out Sunset Boulevard!

By on 24 October, 2017 Filed in Theatre

Do you ever see something, be it a musical or movie, or tragic news story, and you feel as though you’ve just taken a glimpse into your future? I saw Sunset Boulevard at Manchester’s Palace Theatre last night, in which a young, hot, chiselled man gets suckered into a wonderful and fancy lifestyle by a washed-up, old movie star. She has bags of disposable income and has to pay a man to love her and spend time with her. It was like watching the movie that’s inevitably going to be made about my life… I wasn’t the hot guy though! I was the bat-shit crazy lady that had been forgotten by the world. It got real, real fast.

5-star reviews have been pouring in for the show and each one is absolutely deserved. The production of Sunset Boulevard was exceptional, and the main stars Ria Jones, playing forgotten silent-movie star Norma Desmond, and Danny Mac, the delicious young writer she falls for, were truly brilliant. Standing ovations all round! The music was so great and the show was all around marvellous. Such an experience in the theatre that’s difficult to put into words.

If you know me, you’ll know I love any man with a rockin’ bod who’ll take his shirt off and sing for my entertainment, so I was 100% in for Danny Mac. This is of course because I’m very lonely and generally quite awful… He opened the second act with an emotional number, wearing only swimming shorts and an open shirt, and I was so invested in his situation and strife, I could really feel him touching me (not literally of course… sadly).

And if you know me, you’ll know I also love crazy people with insatiable personalities and a solid belt and vibrato. Ria Jones about blew my damn mind. I was so into it. She’s what my broadway dream is. Who gets rapturous applause after 30 seconds of singing their first song? Ria Jones. She was the perfect Norma Desmond! MVP is shared by Danny and Ria. Perfect leading couple.

If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical. Tickets for the show are available on the ATG website and you should go. You’ll thank me afterwards.