Sunset Boulevard (1994 Los Angeles Cast)
 : Sunset Boulevard (1994 Los Angeles Cast)

by: Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0731452350725
Format: Cast Recording
Item Dimensions: 10057540500
Label: Verve
Languages: EnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Verve
MPN: 731452350725
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: 1994
Publisher: Verve
Release Date: September 13, 1994
Studio: Verve

  • Record Label: Polydor, Really Useful Records
  • Catalog#: 532 507-2
  • Year Of Release: 1994

Disc 1:
  1. Overture / I Guess It Was 5 A.M.
  2. Let's Have Lunch
  3. Every Movie's A Circus
  4. Car Chase
  5. At The House On Sunset
  6. Surrender
  7. With One Look
  8. Salome
  9. The Greatest Star Of All
  10. Every Movie's A Circus (Reprise)
  11. Girl Meets Boy
  12. Back At The House On Sunset
  13. New Ways To Dream
  14. Completion Of The Script
  15. The Lady's Paying
  16. New Year's Eve
  17. The Perfect Year
  18. This Time Next Year
  19. New Year's Eve (Back At The House On Sunset)
Disc 2:
  1. Entr' acte
  2. Sunset Boulevard
  3. There's Been A Call / Journey To Paramount
  4. As If We Never Said Goodbye
  5. Paramount Conversations / Surrender (Reprise)
  6. Girl Meets Boy (Reprise)
  7. Eternal Youth Is Worth A Little Suffering
  8. Who's Betty Schaefer?
  9. Betty's Office At Paramount
  10. Too Much In Love To Care
  11. New Ways To Dream (Reprise)
  12. The Phone Call
  13. The Final Scene
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest smash, starring Glenn Close and featuring the complete cast.
All the benefits of the London version of Sunset Boulevard are as enjoyable in the U.S. premiere version--the luscious melodies, the wonderful atmosphere, the compelling story line (adapted from the 1950 Billy Wilder film), the spectacular staircase. OK, you don't get the staircase on this CD, but you do get the later, more polished show that debuted in Los Angeles in 1994. And despite the oft-repeated themes and occasionally banal lyrics, it remains one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's more satisfying works.

The most obvious difference between the two recordings, of course, is the leading-lady role. Glenn Close doesn't have the big voice of Patti LuPone--and you will miss LuPone in a big number such as "With One Look"--but her portrayal of Norma Desmond is riveting, and LuPone is so distinctive it's almost distracting. In the supporting casts, London's Kevin Anderson is extremely laid back as Joe Gillis, while Meredith Braun is very girlish as the 22-year-old Betty Schaefer; both characterizations are appropriate, but their counterparts Alan Campbell and Judy Kuhn have stronger voices, as does L.A.'s George Hearn. Lastly, the Los Angeles production is a more complete recording, totaling 122 minutes compared to 96 for London. If you're looking to pick up one recording of Sunset Boulevard, this is the one. It's also available in a highlights version. --David Horiuchi

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