Sunset Boulevard (1993 Original London Cast)
 : Sunset Boulevard (1993 Original London Cast)

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from: Verve / BMG

Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0731451976728
Format: Cast Recording
Item Dimensions: 4557539500
Label: Verve / BMG
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Verve / BMG
MPN: 731451976728
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: June 10, 1996
Publisher: Verve / BMG
Release Date: June 10, 1996
Studio: Verve / BMG

  • Record Label: Really Useful Records, Polydor
  • Catalog#: 519 767-2
  • Country Of Release: UK
  • Year Of Release: 1993

Disc 1:
  1. Act I: Prologue
  2. Act I: Let's Have Lunch
  3. Act I: Sheldrake's Office
  4. Act I: On The Road/The House On Sunset
  5. Act I: Surrender
  6. Act I: With One Look
  7. Act I: Salome
  8. Act I: The Greatest Star Of All
  9. Act I: Let's Have Lunch/Girl Meets Boy
  10. Act I: The House On Sunset
  11. Act I: New Ways To Dream
  12. Act I: The Lady's Paying
  13. Act I: The House On Sunset
  14. Act I: The Perfect Year
  15. Act I: Dialogue After The Perfect Year
  16. Act I: Artie Green's Apartment
  17. Act I: This Time Next Year
  18. Act I: The House On Sunset
Disc 2:
  1. Sunset Boulevard
  2. Act II: The Perfect Year
  3. Act II: Journey To Paramount
  4. Act II: As If We Never Said Goodbye
  5. Act II: Surrender
  6. Act II: Girl Meets Boy
  7. Act II: Eternal Youth Is Worth A Little Suffering
  8. Act II: Too Much In Love To Care
  9. Act II: New Ways To Dream
  10. Act II: Sunset Boulevard
  11. Act II: The Greatest Star Of All
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
Certain moments in Sunset Boulevard may convince you that it's Andrew Lloyd Webber's most satisfying score. The dark opening theme recalls Franz Waxman, while throughout the lush strings perfectly evoke old Hollywood, occasionally broken by wonderfully jazzy interludes. The melodies of the two big songs, "With One Look" and "As if We Never Said Goodbye," wind their way into your brain in the best Lloyd Webber way (even if the latter, Norma Desmond's ode to her fans, is a little too reminiscent of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina"), "The Perfect Year" is a lovely, stately dance, and "Too Much in Love to Care" is a nice romantic duet between Kevin Anderson and Meredith Braun. On the other hand, the music seems repetitive even by Lloyd Webber standards, with fewer than a dozen themes recycled over the set's 96 minutes, and the lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton are passable at best, predictable at worst. In the London cast of this adaptation of Billy Wilder's 1950 film, Patti LuPone gives a strong lead performance, coloring her big voice with supreme self-importance. She was under contract to fill the role in the subsequent U.S. premiere, but was dropped in favor of Glenn Close, reportedly at the insistence of the show's backers. The booklet includes photos, full lyrics, and an edited version of the dialogue. --David Horiuchi

Average Rating: none

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