Sunset Boulevard (1995)

Overture/I Guess It Was 5 A.M.
Rex Smith
Let's Have Lunch
Rex Smith, Peter Kevoian, Mary Illes, Marianne McCord a.o.
Car Chase
Diahann Carroll
With One Look
Diahann Carroll
The Greatest Star Of All
Walter Charles
Every Movie's a Circus
Christopher Shyer, Rex Smith, Anita Louise Combe a.o.
Girl Meets Boy
Rex Smith, Anita Louise Combe
New Ways to Dream
Diahann Carroll, Rex Smith
The Lady's Paying
Diahann Carroll, Rex Smith, Peter Kevoian a.o.
The Perfect Year
Diahann Carroll, Rex Smith
This Time Next Year
Christopher Shyer, Rex Smith, Anita Louise Combe a.o.
New Year's Eve (Back at the House on Sunset)
Instrumental, dialogue
Sunset Boulevard
Rex Smith
As If We Never Said Goodbye
Diahann Carroll
Eternal Youth is Worth a Little Suffering
Marianne McCord, Lisa Mandel, Lindsey Mitchell a.o.
Too Much in Love to Care
Rex Smith, Anita Louise Combe
New Ways to Dream
Walter Charles
The Final Scene
Rex Smith, Anita Louise Combe, Diahann Carroll


Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book and Lyrics: Don Black, Christopher Hampton, based on the Billy Wilder film.
Produced for record by: Nigel Wright
Executive Producer: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Orchestrations: David Cullen, Andrew Lloyd Webber
Musical Supervisor: Paul Bogaev
Musical Director / Conductor: Jeffrey Huard

The Canadian Cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard is in my opinion very, very good. Diahann Carroll has in some reviews been criticized for no longer delivering strong enough vocals, but other gave rave reviews for her emotionally charged performance. Here she really show her strength in that she is both a singer and an actress - not like some of the other performers portraying Norma Desmond - a singer or an actress. Rex Smith is a good leading man, with a youthful and beautiful voice. He tend to overact in some songs, but that's OK.
  This cast album was recorded in Toronto, Canada in November 1995. It is a single disc (there never was a full score recorded), and it was released in Canada on the Polydor label, in co-operation with Really Useful Records and Livent Music.

Polydor 314 529 757-2, Canada 1995.

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