re: Sunset Boulevard suggestions
Posted by: Someday 08:30 am EDT 05/29/21
In reply to: re: Sunset Boulevard suggestions - Chromolume 09:05 pm EDT 05/20/21

Guilty as charged. I realize I omitted any reference to the things I actually like about the show!

Despite my copious complaints, I still think it’s a worthwhile endeavor. Things that I feel do work include the lush, interesting beauty of the music; the rock-solid story; the dramatic, atmospheric setting; its themes about the passing of time, nostalgia, and self-delusion; and the power of several of the characters’ defining songs. I especially love Max’s big number, The Greatest Star of All.

Below, I’ll link a wonderful performance of that song by my buddy, Ed Dixon, who did the first national tour.

I had the pleasure of seeing the show on Broadway with Betty Buckley. I hear others may have been better at certain elements of the role, but it’s hard for me to imagine anyone bringing such a complete package of pathos, star power, and spine-tingling singing. That was one fantastic performance.
Link Greatest Star of All (Ed Dixon performs)

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