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Sunset Boulevard

The Tony Awards are tonight! I watch every year, but this year I’m especially excited because I’ve seen most of the nominated shows. In honor of the event, and to keep you busy until it starts, here’s a brand-new theater review!

On Thursday I won the ticket lottery for Sunset Boulevard. If you’re not entering Broadway ticket lotteries you’re missing out on fabulous, cheap seats to the city’s best shows.

Sunset Boulevard musical on Broadway - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Our seats were incredible! We sat in one of the private boxes right by the stage, had a ton of leg room and could see every expression on the actors’ faces. We couldn’t have been in a better location!

Sunset Boulevard musical on Broadway - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

My feelings about the musical have two extremes.

The score and lyrics were terrible, with every unmemorable song sounding just like the last. Plus the plot was uninteresting and moved slowly, although the ending did take me by surprise.

So if I were just examining the composition of the musical I would strongly recommend you skip it.

Sunset Boulevard musical on Broadway - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Sunset Boulevard production photos by Joan Marcus

Sunset Boulevard musical on Broadway - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Sunset Boulevard production photos by Joan Marcus

Sunset Boulevard musical on Broadway - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Sunset Boulevard production photos by Joan Marcus

Sunset Boulevard musical on Broadway - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Sunset Boulevard production photos by Joan Marcus

However, and this is a major however, Glenn Close gave the best character performance I have ever seen on Broadway. Ever. Glenn brought so much nuance to the role of Norma Desmond, a forgotten star who lives for the memories of her glory days, that you alternate between pitying Norma to deciding she is crazy to wondering whether she is purposely being manipulative.

It was truly magnificent to watch. The audience agreed, and it was the first time I’d ever seen a standing ovation happen during a performance. It was incredible watching the audience jump to their feet in the middle of the show!

It’s no wonder this role earned Glenn Close a Tony Award for Best Actress!

Sunset Boulevard musical on Broadway - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Sunset Boulevard production photos by Joan Marcus

Sunset Boulevard musical on Broadway - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Sunset Boulevard production photos by Joan Marcus

Sunset Boulevard has a short run and is only showing until June 25th. So you absolutely, positively, have to get your tickets now!

You can find them here or if you’re feeling lucky there’s always the ticket lottery.

Trust me, you don’t want to miss this performance. Despite the poor score, lyrics and plot, Glenn Close makes seeing Sunset Boulevard completely worth it.

~A

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