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Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy

Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy

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#1Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 5:36am

16 weeks from September.

 

Whyyyyy? (edit: with that voice, I don't think I care anymore. Take my money!)


"You can't overrate Bernadette Peters. She is such a genius. There's a moment in "Too Many Mornings" and Bernadette doing 'I wore green the last time' - It's a voice that is just already given up - it is so sorrowful. Tragic. You can see from that moment the show is going to be headed into such dark territory and it hinges on this tiny throwaway moment of the voice." - Ben Brantley (2022) "Bernadette's whole, stunning performance [as Rose in Gypsy] galvanized the actors capable of letting loose with her. Bernadette's Rose did take its rightful place, but too late, and unseen by too many who should have seen it" Arthur Laurents (2009) "Sondheim's own favorite star performances? [Bernadette] Peters in ''Sunday in the Park,'' Lansbury in ''Sweeney Todd'' and ''obviously, Ethel was thrilling in 'Gypsy.'' Nytimes, 2000
Updated On: 6/3/23 at 05:36 AM

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#2Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 7:20am

I don't get ALW's fascination with her.

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#3Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 7:29am

So ALW will have three musicals running at the same time in the West End - Phantom, Aspects & Sunset. Not a bad three to have on at the same time.

Updated On: 10/18/23 at 07:29 AM

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#4Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 8:26am

She could sing the phone book and I’d buy a ticket. People bash her because of an assumed persona (your misogyny is showing), but the woman has talent. And directed by Jamie Lloyd? This isn’t gonna be your grandma’s Sunset, that’s for sure.

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#6Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 8:41am

I was interested until I saw Jamie Lloyd is attached.


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#7Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 8:45am

bwayphreak234 said: "I was interested until I saw Jamie Lloyd is attached."

I heard the set may be two chairs instead of one! 


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#8Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 9:03am

The dark lighting, the whispering, and the chairs ! 
No way she is doing every show. Who’s the standby?

Updated On: 5/19/23 at 09:03 AM

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#9Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 9:13am

I do genuinely like her. Her voice is gorgeous. Her dancing is fantastic. Her acting needs work. She's not the kind of actor Lloyd typically works with. When he presents her with a ladder instead of a staircase that she has to climb in heels to represent how hard the world is on aging actresses, she is gonna flip. 

So Norma will be hot now. That's a new take. 


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#10Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 9:13am

I can already see the show being almost completely in the dark until Hawkeye puts the spotlight on her, revealing she looks like Meryl Streep in the last scene of “Death Becomes Her”.

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#11Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 9:26am

idk, I have to view this as a win. After all the complaints on the BAD CINDY thread that ALW refuses to work with real directors nowadays and instead works with pawns like Laurence Connor, now here he is with a director with vision.

We might not like everything JL does, but at least he has a POV and will do something interesting with this show that we haven’t seen before.

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#12Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 9:50am

Carlitos is planning a trip to the West End this September…

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#13Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 9:57am

Jordan Catalano said: "I can already see the show being almost completely in the dark until Hawkeye puts the spotlight on her, revealing she looks like Meryl Streep in the last scene of “Death Becomes Her”."

" I see ME! And I like what I SEE! Oooha! Oooha!" 


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#14Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 9:57am

ErmengardeStopSniveling said: "idk, I have to view this as a win. After all the complaints on the BAD CINDY thread that ALW refuses to work with real directors nowadays and instead works with pawns like Laurence Connor, now here he is with a director with vision.

We might not like everything JL does, but at least he has a POV and will do something interesting with this show that we haven’t seen before.
"

Agree 100%. Lloyd is a very exciting choice. It's Nicole that I worry about, though... We shall see!

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#15Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 10:02am

Scherzinger will sing the hell out of the score, for sure. But she is definitely an odd choice for this- she appears much younger than she is and hasn’t yet really demonstrated the grande dame nature the role requires in anything she’s done. 


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#16Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 10:02am

I don't think I'd say I feel particularly excited about this, but I am fascinated by the choice of director and star. I would echo that getting an ALW production that might actually have a competent central vision would be wonderful. 

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#17Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 10:03am

The art design is...interesting. There's absolutely nothing about it that suggests a bygone era.


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#18Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 10:09am

And the award for most random casting goes to....(right? this seems totally out of the blue)

JasonC3
#19Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 10:25am

blaxx said: "bwayphreak234 said: "I was interested until I saw Jamie Lloyd is attached."

I heard the set may be two chairs instead of one!
"

Ahem./ Clearly it will be a step stool to symbolize Norma's descent into deeper madness and she slowly walks down the three steps.

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#20Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 10:26am

I, oddly, am always drawn to Nicole. This casting doesn’t strike me as odd at all…oddly. It’s Lloyd who is the one that worries me. Jamie Lloyd is for people who think John Doyle is too extravagant and of ANY musical for him to do, this is the last one I’d want to see tackled. BUT this could be Lloyd wanting to do something grand so I’ll just hold my thoughts until I actually see it. 

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#21Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 10:37am

Lloyd is the creative that makes this compelling. The star, a 44-year-old who reads at least a half a decade younger, seems an ... unusual choice. A role defined by the trauma of ageing in a misogynistic industry will be played by a woman visibly in her prime. Characterized in the text as a contemporary iteration of Miss Havisham, re-imagined as a luminous beauty, crippled by her own agoraphobia? Maybe it's what will make this "bold." The show has always worked best spotlighting a female actor well past the ingenue demographic who brings her A-game to the character, the vocals in service of the interpretation rather than the reverse (the infamous, forever unsettled debate about very first 2 Normas, not necessary to revisit). This star is a formidable singer, not necessarily known for acting chops. Again, if Lloyd has a new vision, he's a gifted, imagery-specific theater storyteller, and perhaps that's the event here.


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#22Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 10:40am

I didn’t realise the Director. Hasn’t Jamie Lloyd directed at least two ALW shows now? Jesus Christ and Evita, unless I’m mistaking him for someone else. So it’s not like this is going to be a big reveal on how ALW can get something more out of a new collaborator. Personally, I really enjoyed his Evita. 


"You can't overrate Bernadette Peters. She is such a genius. There's a moment in "Too Many Mornings" and Bernadette doing 'I wore green the last time' - It's a voice that is just already given up - it is so sorrowful. Tragic. You can see from that moment the show is going to be headed into such dark territory and it hinges on this tiny throwaway moment of the voice." - Ben Brantley (2022) "Bernadette's whole, stunning performance [as Rose in Gypsy] galvanized the actors capable of letting loose with her. Bernadette's Rose did take its rightful place, but too late, and unseen by too many who should have seen it" Arthur Laurents (2009) "Sondheim's own favorite star performances? [Bernadette] Peters in ''Sunday in the Park,'' Lansbury in ''Sweeney Todd'' and ''obviously, Ethel was thrilling in 'Gypsy.'' Nytimes, 2000

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#23Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 10:41am

Fascinating the split here, debating which is actually the odd choice.

Throw me in the camp excited for Lloyd. Can't wait to see how he sees this always-pretty-on-the-nose show. As for her, well, we'll see!

babyjunegem
#24Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 10:43am

When did Nicole and Andrew make up? Nicole isn’t as young as people think she is and she’s had a long road in this industry. I think that her casting is appropriate.

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#25Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Posted: 5/19/23 at 10:44am

Interestingly, Nicole is actually a year older than Patti was when she played Norma. 


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