Sunset Boulevard at Curve Leicester (rehearsal and cast pictures and promo video)

As Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and his, brilliant cast and technical team for Sunset Boulevard, move excitedly forward in their rehearsals and recent Sitzprobe, we at East Midlands Theatre would love to share with you some rehearsal and ‘get in’ pictures taken by Curve.

About the recent Sitzprobe, Ria Jones (Norma Desmond) tweeted “Just had the most incredible sitzprobe. You really don’t want to miss this score so masterfully played and conducted. @RiaJones67

Danny Mac (Joe Gillis) also tweeted “Possibly the most wonderfully overwhelming day at ‘work’ ever. Shocked after the sitzprobe for @SunsetBlvdUK. Our orchestra! That score! @dannymaconline.

For readers unsure of what a sitzprobe is:

Sitzprobe is a German term used in opera and musical theatre to describe a seated rehearsal—the literal translation of Sitzprobe—where the singers sing with the orchestra, focusing attention on integrating the two groups. It is often the first rehearsal where the orchestra and singers rehearse together. The equivalent Italian term is prova all’italiana. There you go! Alles klar!

Phil Lowe.

Nikolai Foster and Sunset Boulevard cast.

Even Oscar the dog is thrilled to be able to lounge on Norma Desmond’s chaise longue.

Below are Sunset Boulevard rehearsal images featuring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and Danny Mac as Joe Gillis.

Nikolai Foster. Director of Sunset Boulevard.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning (Best Musical, Best Original Score & Best Book of a Musical) masterpiece Sunset Boulevard, directed by Curve Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and starring Ria Jones, who received standing ovations every night when performing the role at the London Coliseum, as Norma Desmond and Strictly Come Dancing’s Danny Mac as Joe Gillis.

One of the all-time great musicals, 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.

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.

With its much-loved score (including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look, The Greatest Star Of All and The Perfect Year) performed with full orchestra, this “MAJESTIC, MESMERIZING AND TEASINGLY SEDUCTIVE!” (The Evening Standard) production promises to be a spectacular evening.

Just a few flight cases for @SunsetBlvdUK at technical fit up starting today!

Sunset Boulevard runs at Curve Leicester 16 – 30 Sept then touring nationwide.

Why not vote for Curve Theatre as UK Most Welcoming Theatre! The vote closes at 12 noon Tuesday 19 September!

Special thanks to Curve Theatre for the images and video on the post.


Phil Lowe.

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