I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get along to opening night of Sunset Boulevard, even more sorry now that I hear it was a great night, a great show, fabulous singing and a marvellous band. A standing ovation I’m told was justified and bookings for the coming few days are rolling in.
The leads, Mark McMullan and the award winning singer Fiona Keegan, are supported by a cast who knew how to sing, not always the case but this is a choral society and every note counts.
Mark first came to the public’s notice when he sang to Declan his disabled brother, it was recorded and when the video went ‘online’ Mark began his journey to the Opera House stage via the Nolan Show, the Late Late Show and local media outlets as well. His fans include Louis Walsh, Alfie, Boe and Gary Lightbody and Declan and his dad were recently nominated for the Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards.
Sunset Boulevard is not only giving pleasure to the cast and the audience, it is also raising money for the Declan McMullan Fund in aid of the Stuck For Words campaign, CRY, Brain Injury Matters and the suicide prevention charity Mind Your Mate & Yourself.
The musical itself is the story of the silent movie star Norma Desmond who longs to the big silver screen and the talkies but she is a yesterdays girl, still magnificent but it’s all faded grander. She meets screen writer Joe Gillis is this her chance for success? ‘You used to be in pictures, you used to be big?’ Joe asks to which Norma responds, ‘I am big .. it’s the pictures that got small .’ He’s much younger and very handsome and falls under the spell of the diva, romance blossoms but will it bring La Desmond the success she craves? All the answers are on stage at the Grand Opera House until Saturday. Irish Amateur Premiere, music by Lloyd Webber, big songs and great costumes. A sure fire hit.
By Anne Hailes
The show runs until Saturday 10th October with a 7.30 p.m. each evening and a 2.30 p.m. matinee on Staturday. Tickets can be booked at www.goh.co.uk or (028) 9024 1919