Review: Minneapolis Musical Theatre streamlines 'Sunset Boulevard' in area premiere

  • Article by: WILLIAM RANDALL BEARD , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 3, 2013 - 10:44 AM

REVIEW: Minneapolis Musical Theatre streamlines Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard."

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iceshaverJun. 3, 13 4:56 PM

I have watched Mr. Beard write review after review for this theatre company and it is obvious he does not care for the work they do. My question would be: Why attend their productions, Mr. Beard? Apparently you have some axe to grind with Minneapolis Musical Theatre or Steven Meerdink specifically. I admit that I am a fan and supporter of MMT. I attended this production on opening night and found it thoroughly engaging. The emphasis within this production was on the entangled relationships and not on the “Hollywood glamour” (which I do not find to be necessary at all). I saw the New York production and was totally distracted by the enormous sets where actors became lost. As for Sarah Gibson’s performance, Mr. Beard could not be more wrong. I found her to be absolutely engaging and could not stop watching her while she was on stage. She is mesmerizing as Norma Desmond! This was not a caricature performance, it was one that brought a silent film actress to life. Anyone could see the exaggerated movements and facial expression would come from a woman who became a star in silent films where faces must be used instead of words. Bravo, Sarah Gibson! In short, I would certainly rather attend performances of shows that are new to the Twin Cities and see a theatre company take chances than sit through the 5th or 6th remount of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. My two cents … go to the show and you’ll see how this review misses the mark (as all of his reviews of MMT).

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stageguyJun. 3, 1311:29 PM

I rarely agree with reviewers. But this one was spot on. If you don't like it. GET OVER IT!

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edwardeveretJun. 5, 13 2:15 PM

You know, if you really are a supporter of MMT attacking a critic who wrote a mixed review of their production is not going to help them in the future.

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