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Canterbury: Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Sunset Boulevard starring Danny Mac comes to Kent

By Angela Cole

Danny Mac won the nation’s hearts in Strictly, waltzing his way to the final in 2016.

Now he’s set to win stage hearts as he stars in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond lives in a reclusive fantasy world which impoverished screen writer Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into.

Sunset Boulevard, coming to the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Picture: Manuel Harlan
Sunset Boulevard, coming to the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Picture: Manuel Harlan

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 lifestyle.

Starring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond, and Danny Mac as Joe Gillis, the story of romance and obsession is based on Billy Wilder’s film, with Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s book and lyrics.

The score, performed by a full orchestra, includes the title number Sunset Boulevard, and With One Look, As If We Never Said Goodbye, The Greatest Star Of All and The Perfect Year.

Sunset Boulevard is an Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Picture: Manuel Harlan
Sunset Boulevard is an Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Picture: Manuel Harlan

Last year, Ria played the role of Norma at the London Coliseum when Glenn Close was indisposed, and has recently starred as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

Over the years the show has won a whole string of both Tony and Laurence Olivier awards.

DETAILS

Sunset Boulevard the musical comes to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury from Monday, April 16 to Saturday, April 21. For tickets from £25.25 visit marlowetheatre.com or call 01227 787787.

Head back down the boulevard at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Picture: Manuel Harlan
Head back down the boulevard at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Picture: Manuel Harlan

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