Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. IODS put this emotionally involved show on back in 2015 with Mark Connell directing this heart-felt show.
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.
Originating this role was Patti LuPone however our very own Stephanie Brown did this role justice. James Hayward playing the butler Max to simple perfection, this show was something to remember for both audience and cast members.
The show tells the story of faded silent movie star Norma Desmond’s friendship with aspiring Hollywood writer Joe Gillis as he gets swept into her deluded plans to return to the silver screen.
The orchestra, under the baton of Mike Wren, does full justice to Lloyd-Webber’s brilliant score and Mark Connell’s direction and choreography pulls out every inch of drama. James Marston – Ipswich Star