Sunset Boulevard ~ 7/9/11 ~ Wichita, KS
Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Based on Billy Wilder's Academy Award-winning 1950 film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street.
When young screenwriter Joe Gillis accidentally crosses her path, she sees in him an opportunity to make her comeback to the big screen. Romance and tragedy follow.
Opening first in London in 1993, the musical has had several long runs internationally and also enjoyed extensive tours, although the show, which has been the subject of several legal battles, lost money because of its extraordinary running costs.
Starring in this Production: Ann Morrison (Norma Desmond), Chris Peluso (Joe Gillis), Nicholas Saverine (Max), Kaleigh Cronin (Betty), Charles Parker (Cecil B. DeMille), Cody Davis (Artie), Timothy W. Robu (Sheldrake).
A big, gorgeous production by the Music Theatre Of Wichita. Beautifully filmed using one camera on a tripod, with sound patched directly in from the sound board. Crystal clear. (A)
Format: DVD (on 2 DVDs)
Run time: 150m
B&W / Color: Color