Already closed | 2h 40m | Midtown W

Sunset Boulevard

From 1,046 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Absorbing, Must see

About the show

Three-time Tony Award-winner Glenn Close returns to Broadway in her most iconic role, Norma Desmond, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning musical.  More…

When impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis stumbles into the reclusive world of faded silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond, she sees the opportunity to make a comeback and rise to her former glory. He is seduced by the actress and her luxurious lifestyle, but the entanglement between the pair has dramatic and tragic consequences. Based on Billy Wilder’s classic Academy Award-nominated film, 'Sunset Boulevard' is a compelling story of romance and obsession. Direct from a sold-out engagement at the English National Opera, this lavish production features a 40-piece orchestra.

2h 40m | Already closed | Palace Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1046)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Absorbing, Must see
84
Avg Score

95
Great music, Must see, Riveting, Profound

See it if Close is Norma. Flawless. Great music, moving story. Fascinating, enthralling. Must see.

Don't see it if The bare stage is a let down for those who saw the original lavish production. A MUST see.

Also Saw again after previews and it was an even better experience. The cas... Read more Read less

97
Moving, Entertaining, Beautiful score, Incredible acting, Exquisite

See it if Theater at its best! Close is spellbinding & emotionally powerful!Mesmerizing start to finish. Days later it still resonates strong.

Don't see it if The vocals are not the best on broadway, but Close's acting more than makes up for it! A must see for first timers & fans of the original!

72
Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Glorious, Ambitious

See it if You did not see the original, or if you're a super Glenn Close fan, she ACTS this role superbly! The music is glorious and the cast is good.

Don't see it if You've got beautiful memories of the original...you will be disappointed! This is sparse in ways it shouldn't be.

Also Glenn Close ACTS the role incredibly but her singing comes up a little... Read more Read less

87
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see Glenn Close absolutely shine! That's why you see this. It's a nice show, well staged, but all about Glenn's performance.

Don't see it if You want a deep show or don't' like Andrew Lloyd Webber fare.

85
Dizzying, Exquisite, Intense, Dark, Grand

See it if Grandly produced dark psycho-drama. The melodrama builds with the aid of a large orchestra and star power. Good ending.

Don't see it if It's a bit overdone but it works. There are no real surprises - the arc of the story and characters are foreshadowed from the beginning.

84
Romantic, Slow, Absorbing, Star quality, Cliched

See it if As a scaled-down "concert" version via Lonny Price, show works much better than original Must-see for Close's "for the ages" Norma Desmond

Don't see it if Even if you're not a fan, one of Webber's better endeavors 40 piece orchestra adds lush sound & book is still solid Xavier's Joe a bit thin

71
Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Banal, Great performance

See it if you want to see Glenn Close exercise all her powers to sink her teeth into a role and nail it as Norma Desmond. All points are for Glenn.

Don't see it if you have no interest in Glenn Close. There are no other reasons to see this stripped-down, poorly cast, mis-directed, 2nd-rate ALW musical.

81
It's not close: glenn is the reason to see this in one of the great performances of this and any season

See it if you like AL Webber musicals lush melodies/40 piece orchest., operatic moments and characters (Close nails as Norma D), signature chandelier

Don't see it if you DON"T like AL Webber musicals simplistic lyrics, melodramatic plotting and here a cheesy chandelier in stripped down set

76
Entertaining, Fluffy, Great acting, A star vehicle for glenn close, Overrated

See it if You want to see Glenn Close in her iconic, Broadway role. You want to see her act the @#!$%! out of the role.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Glenn Close and/or want to hear her songs sung w/more technique & beauty. You want great ALW: this isn't his best.

72
Disappointing, Epic, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to see Close's bravura performance (despite her singing) or have never seen this and want to give it a shot.

Don't see it if You didn't like it the first time around -- you'll probably like it even less this time. The biggest selling point is the full orchestra.

98
Great singing, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience a traditional Broadway show even if it is about the movies. An escape into lush music, glittering costumes & passion

Don't see it if you dislike big productions or musicals. Also there is no redeeming social value here only a fabulous entertainment.

89
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if First I love the movie, but this is different for singing. Part of old charm, and classy. Days of old Hollywood.

Don't see it if Singing, some time slow, want to see bright lights and alot of active.

100
Great staging, Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Exquisite

See it if You want to see the finest musical theatre playing in NY now ! You saw Glenn Close in her last turn as Norma Desmond, she has grown !

Don't see it if No reason not to see unless you don't care for classic musicals ! This one is as perfect as the genre can possibly be !

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to see a powerhouse performance by Glenn Close. She is fantastic and really moved me with her performance. Set so so.

Don't see it if you don't like a powerful orchestra.This orchestra takes center stage and really drives the drama.

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You love superb musical theatre! Are a fan old Old Hollywood! Love glamour.

Don't see it if You really hate musical theatre and even if that is the case go! Glenn Close is stunning.

90
Must see, Great acting, Full orchestra, better than the first

See it if You want to hear Glenn Close sing two show stoppers. Also if you like classic Andrew Lloyd Webber or the Billy Wilder movie.

Don't see it if For the supporting cast, which is good but not great.

Also The set puts you on the back lot of Paramount Studios with only hints ... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Fantastic orchestra, Overrated score

See it if you want to see an incredible performance by Glenn Close--she IS Norma Desmond on stage. Fantastic orchestration, entertaining story.

Don't see it if You're not in the mood for melodrama. Despite being beautifully composed the music can be slow and boring, but still worth seeing for Glenn.

75
Great performance by close. so so music except for a couple of killer songs. okay staging.

See it if You want to see Close's performance which is a wow.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Close. The musical is just ok. The movie much better!

87
Lush, Romantic, Emotionally powerful, Diva powered, Borrowed movie score themes particularly evocative

See it if ... so you can say "I saw Glenn Close in SUNSET BLVD" with a 40 piece orchestra, & soaking wet Michael Xavier take off his swimsuit on stage

Don't see it if Kubuki Norma Desmond, Encores staging techniques, a floating dummy, a simulated organ, actor born headlights only car chases, etc. irk you

Also Noel Coward wrote “Strange how potent cheap music is.” With all the bo... Read more Read less

77
Disappointing, Cliched, Brilliant orchestra, Boring staging, Overrated

See it if you are an ALW fan or love the score.40piece orchestra is worth the trip. Male lead is too young and perky.Needs more edge to be convincing.

Don't see it if you have a chance to see anything by Sondheim (Sweeney Todd at Barrow St is a gem).Score is good for ALW but echoes of Evita,Superstar, etc

49
Unimaginative, badly staged, weak male lead and very weak glenn close

See it if You want to be able to say you saw it. You dont mind a literal translation of a camp classic, weak music, static staging and a lot of stairs

Don't see it if you want to hear music sung if not with power at least on pitch. You like good dialog.

Also Barnum, SIngular Life of Albert Nobbs, The Real Thing Ms Close shone. ... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Glenn Close, who is a better than expected singer, or you like this story and would enjoy a well produced version of it.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Glenn Close, do not like the story or want a story more relevant to today's life.

89
Imperfect production, Perfect glenn

See it if you don't want to miss an absolutely sensational performce by Glenn Close.

Don't see it if ???????

88
Absorbing, Riveting, Moving, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if for Glenn Close's moving performance as Norma - audience riveted every time she was on; you are a A.L. Webber fan; you love unique staging

Don't see it if not a Webber or a Close fan, don't don't like dark plots even if offset by cheery musical numbers, don't like orch. on stage,

Also I personally would have liked to have seen the male lead a little more... Read more Read less

86
Entertaining, Stripped down, Involving, Great staging, Worthwhile

See it if you want to catch Glenn Close's triumphant return to her Tony-winning Norma Desmond. I'm not a particular fan of hers; this made me one.

Don't see it if you need Norma's big numbers performed by an actual Broadway singer, though Close's lesser vocals effectively relate Norma's prime is past.


February 9th, 2017
"It is a show that exists almost entirely to let its star blaze to her heart’s content. The light she casts is so dazzling, this seems an entirely sufficient reason to be...What was one of the great stage performances of the 20th century has been reinvented, in terms both larger and more intimate...
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February 9th, 2017
"Those who go to see Close reprise her celebrated turn in the musical’s 1994 Broadway production will not be disappointed...Close holds the stage with a feverish intensity that transcends camp...If only she could be in every scene! For the rest of 'Sunset Boulevard,' adapted from Billy Wilder’s t...
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February 9th, 2017
"A train wreck of a revival starring a woeful Close...At every opportunity Hampton and Black take material that kept its balance at the edge of camp and shoves its way over the line...The current revival, in attempting to emphasize the show’s musical strengths, only exposes the nonmusical element...
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February 20th, 2017
"Webber doesn’t write music that one can sing without 'soaring'...I never really warmed to the movie that the musical is based on, just as I haven’t warmed to the musical: its atmosphere is at once messy and banal; its relentless pop façade and the constant drama of its music preclude intimacy an...
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