Every show needs the ‘Greatest Star of All’ (or two), and the UK and Ireland tour of Sunset Boulevard has just announced two star castings.
Danny Mac is set to star as Joe Gillis in the forthcoming tour of Curve’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard. Ria Jones is to play Norma Desmond, and full casting will be announced shortly.
Most recently Danny Mac captured the nation’s hearts and received overwhelming support during his incredible time on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, making it all the way to the final. This month, he stars as Gabey in On The Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. His other musical theatre credits include Wicked and Legally Blonde.
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.
The show will open at Curve on Saturday 16 September 2017, before touring the UK and Ireland. 2017 venues feature both Mac and Jones, and will include: Leicester, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Dublin and Milton Keynes. The tour will then continue in 2018, with Jones confirmed. Further tour venues are to be announced.
One of the all-time great musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning (Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical) masterpiece 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. This much-loved score includes the title number ‘Sunset Boulevard’, ‘With One Look’, ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’, ‘The Greatest Star Of All’ and ‘The Perfect Year’, and will be performed by a full orchestra.