I saw Sunset Blvd in London when it first premiered with Patti LuPone. A d I thought it could never be done better.
And then I saw it with Glenn Close. And, it turns out I was right - she can't hold a candle to Patti despite all the hemming, hawing, and over-emoting on display. It was terrible singing wrapped in a package of asides, winks, come hither glances, twitches, and frenetic staging that pummeled you into acceptance (or, in my case, hatred).
There is a new version in London that is on a bare stage with Nicole Scherzinger, the American ex-lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls. I had no desire to see it.
Wow, this show looks great and sounds amazing. Watch her below. It's an ad for the show, but it will tear you up.
Some stills from the sets. They may not work for everyone, but they do for me.