Casting announced for UK tour of Sunset Boulevard

Hollyoaks star and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Danny Mac will lead the cast of Sunset Boulevard when it arrives in Edinburgh this later this year.

The actor, who has previously performed in both Wicked and Legally Blonde, has been cast as male lead Joe Gillis in the upcoming UK tour of the popular musical.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning production of Sunset Boulevard, which opens at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Tuesday 3 October, tells the story of what happens when a faded, former silent-screen goddess (Norma Desmond) meets a debt-riddled screenwriter (Joe Gillis) and convinces him to collaborate with her on a film script she believes will reinvigorate her career. Based on Billy Wilder’s legendary film, the musical’s score includes With One Look, As If We Never Said Goodbye, The Greatest Star of All and The Perfect Year.

During the tour, Danny Mac will star opposite Ria Jones, who attracted critical acclaim as Glenn Close’s understudy when she made her West End debut as Norma Desmond at The London’s Colosseum last year. The Welsh actress’ extensive stage credits include roles in Evita, Les Miserables, Honk, Cats and The Witches of Eastwick, amongst others.

The Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard, which is currently running at the Palace Theatre in New York City, hit headlines earlier this week when Glenn Close was forced to pull out of the Mother’s Day performance due to illness. The Tony Award-winning actress was, however, quick to issue a heartfelt apology via her Facebook page, which stated: “I want to apologize to anyone who came to Sunset Boulevard on Mother’s Day only to find that I wasn’t performing. The fact that it was such a special day and that, I know, there were many mothers in the audience, with celebratory tickets, made my absence even worse. I wasn’t there because I totally lost my voice. I’d been fighting a cough and cold all week. When I woke up on Sunday, my voice just wasn’t there.”

She continued: “I make this pledge to all my theatre fans. I will ALWAYS be there, if it’s humanly possible. ALWAYS. But theatre is live and very, very human, so there will be times when I just won’t be able to make it, Hopefully those times will be fee and far between.

“And thank you to all who stayed and saw the show on Mother’s Day. Ours is a sublime company and I am lucky to have someone as talented as Nancy Anderson (Norma Desmond understudy) covering my back.”

Sunset Boulevard,  Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Tuesday 3 October – Saturday 7 October 2017, 7.30pm (matinee performances on selected dates), £18 – £57, 0844-871-3014.

Words: Amy Anderson

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