Strictly Come Dancing star Danny Mac is set to star as Joe Gillis in the forthcoming tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard. Joining Danny will be Ria Jones who will portray Norma Desmond in the Curve Theatre production of the musical based on the Billy Wilder film .
With music by Lloyd Webber and book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, the production, in association with Michael Harrison and David Ian, is directed by Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster. Sunset Boulevard will open at Curve Theatre, in Leicester before touring the UK and Ireland.
Curve's chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster said: "We are delighted to welcome the wonderful Danny Mac back to Leicester after his performance in our production of Legally Blonde last year.
"Joe Gillis is an incredible role and we know Danny will be terrific in Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterpiece. Having an actor of Danny's calibre to play opposite Ria Jones' magnificent Norma Desmond will be thrilling."
Most recently, Danny Mac captured the nation's hearts and received overwhelming support during his incredible time on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing making it all the way to the final. Until July 1 he will star as Gabey in On The Town at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, and his musical theatre credits include Wicked and Warner Huntington III in Curve's Legally Blonde.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession, based on Billy Wilder's legendary film, with Don Black and Christopher Hampton's book and lyrics. The much-loved score includes the title number Sunset Boulevard, With One Look, As If We Never Said Goodbye, The Greatest Star Of All and The Perfect Year and will be performed by a full orchestra.
In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma's 'masterpiece', a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences.
When is it on?
Sunset Boulevard will perform from Saturday, September 16 until Saturday, September 30 at Curve Theatre, Leicester.
The show will also perform at Birmingham Hippodrome from Monday, November 13 until Saturday, November 18.
How can I get tickets?
Tickets for Leicester are available by calling the ticket office on 0116 242 3595 or by logging on to www.curveonline.co.uk
Tickets for Birmingham are available via www.birminghamhippodrome.com
For more information visit sunsetboulevardtour.com