Nicole Scherzinger to star in the new Sunset Boulevard (2023)

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Opening 30 years after the original West End production

Author: Emily BurrettPublished 19th May 2023

The Jamie Lloyd Company, the successful partnership between Ambassador Theatre Group and Artistic Director Jamie Lloyd, alongside Michael Harrison for Lloyd Webber Harrison Musicals, have announced that Nicole Scherzinger will star in the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. With book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, based on the Billy Wilder film.

Nicole Scherzinger stars as the immortal Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. This atmospheric musical, which features an iconic score including the songs 'With One Look', 'The Perfect Year' and 'As If We Never Said Goodbye', is reimagined by visionary director Jamie Lloyd for a new generation.

Haunted by her memories and dreams, movie star Norma Desmond (Nicole Scherzinger) yearns to return to the big screen. A struggling screenwriter who can’t sell his scripts to the Hollywood studios may be her only hope, until their dangerous and compelling relationship leads to disastrous circumstances.

Drenched in champagne and cynicism, Sunset Boulevard scrutinizes the ambitions and frustrations of its characters and their intoxicating need for fame and adoration.

Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in the 1950 film

Jamie Lloyd said:

'After our reappraisal of Evita at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, I’m very excited to rediscover another iconic Lloyd Webber musical — and Sunset Boulevard is one of his most thrilling, complex and atmospheric scores. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to create a new production of this fascinating piece with the extraordinary Nicole Scherzinger.'

Andrew Lloyd Webber also commented:

'Nicole is one of the finest singers I have worked with, and I can’t wait to get started on this exciting show with her and the rest of this brilliant team.'

Opening 30 years after the original West End production, The Jamie Lloyd Company’s production of Sunset Boulevard runs from September 2023.

With further dates yet to be announced. You can keep updated by visiting the Sunset Boulevard website.

Have a look at more Andrew Lloyd Webber productions:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Andrew's first real success came with his theatre adaptation of Joseph's story and his "coat of many colours". The show began life as a 15-minute school performance in London in 1968, and by 1974 it had developed into its current iteration. The show has starred many famous faces through the years including David Cassidy, Jason Donovan, Donny Osmond, Phillip Schofield, Stephen Gately and Lee Mead all playing the titular role. A 1999 film adaptation saw Donny reprise his role of Joseph.

The musical was revived in 2019 with a new production at the London Palladium with Jac Yarrow in the lead role. The production made a return in 2021 following the pandemic and is currently on tour.

Jesus Christ Superstar

Another of Andrew's musical to borrow its plot from the bible, Jesus Christ Superstar follows the last week of Jesus' life before he was crucified. The show started out as a rock opera album, before it was made into a fully-fledged musical. The show opened on Broadway in October 1971, with rock god Alice Cooper even playing King Herod in 1996 in London.


Releasing Jeeves after Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew chose a biographical topic for his next musical - focusing on the life of Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón. The show's most famous song is 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina', and was made into a film in 1996 with Madonna in the lead role (pictured) starring alongside Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce.


Taking inspiration from T. S. Eliot's poetry book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the show's plot may be slightly tenuous but the production itself is always marvellous. Its most famous song is 'Memory', sang by the character of Grizabella who was originated by theatre legend Elaine Paige, reprising her role for the 1998 film. Other famous faces to have played the role are Pussycat Dolls' Nicole Scherzinger, Beverley Knight, Leona Lewis and Jennifer Hudson in the 2019 film adaptation. Fun fact: Judi Dench was all set to originate the role of Grizabella, but tore her Achilles tendon just before the show began. She later played Old Deuteronomy in the 2019 film.

Starlight Express

If cats weren't hard enough to emulate on stage for three hours, ALW then decided to write a musical purely about trains! The actors traditionally perform the show on roller skates, and the titular song is possibly the most well-known. Premiering in 1984, the original West End production ran for eight years before a revised version launched in 1992 and ran for 10 years.

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running Broadway musical and the second longest-running West End musical - and no surprise, as it's one of the most beloved shows of all time. Based on the novel of the same name by Gaston Leroux, the story follows the titular Phantom, a disfigured music genius who lives in a labyrinth underneath the Paris Opéra House who becomes obsessed with singer Christine.

Sunset Boulevard

Based on the 1950 film of the same name, Sunset Boulevard follows the story of a former Hollywood star who clings to her old life - ending in complete tragedy. The most well-known song is 'As If We Never Said Goodbye', and the show initially ran from 1993 until 1997.

Whistle Down the Wind

Another musical based on a film, Whistle Down the Wind premiered in 1996 and the story followed that of the 1961 movie. It originally opened in the US, before a reworked run in the West End in 1998. One of the most famous songs from the show is 'No Matter What', which was recorded at the time by Boyzone for the concept album and went onto become one of their biggest hits.

Love Never Dies

A sort-of sequel to Phantom, Love Never Dies premiered in 2010 and followed the characters of the Phantom, Christine, her husband Raoul and their son Gustave 10 years after the events of the original. It opened on the West End with Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo reprising their roles from as Christine and the Phantom at the Royal Albert Hall 25th Anniversary Cast in 2011.

School of Rock

Yet another musical based on a film, School of Rock was something a bit different for Andrew, following the same story as the 2003 Jack Black movie: a rock singer who has fallen on hard times poses as a music teacher. It premiered in the US in 2015 before transferring to the West End in 2016. Its final performance was in March 2020, to make way for Andrew's upcoming musical, Cinderella.


Which brings us to... Cinderella! Andrew's most recent musical is a modern interpretation of the original story. The West End production starred Carrie Hope Fletcher in the titular role and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as the Stepmother. The musical's opening was postponed multiple times by the COVID-19 Pandemic but eventually opened in 2021 to rave reviews.

The West End production ended its run in June 2022 with the show now running across the pond on Broadway under the new name 'Bad Cinderella'.

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