LGYT are set to present another Lichfield premiere with Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical masterpiece, Sunset Boulevard, this October.
Based on the Billy Wilder film, the musical version of Sunset Boulevard, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, had its world premiere at London’s Adelphi Theatre on July 12, 1993.
The show received its American premiere on 9 December 1993 at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles. The LA production starred Glenn Close (Norma Desmond), Alan Campbell (Joe Gillis), Judy Kuhn (Betty Schaefer) and George Hearn (Max von Mayerling), with Close, Campbell and Hearn going on to recreate their roles for the show’s 1994 Broadway opening at the Minskoff Theatre on 17 November 1994 – they were also joined by Alice Ripley as Betty Schaefer. That production opened with the highest advance in Broadway history at the time ($37.5 million in ticket sales).
Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of “talkies.” Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.
Ex-Youth Theatre members Siobhan Dillon and Katie Kerr have recently completed a run in the West End revival by the English National Opera at the London Coliseum which saw movie star Glenn Close return to the role of Norma Desmond, Siobhan played the leads love interest Betty and Katie was a featured performer in the ENO company.
Our cast of over 40 will be supported by the usual high standard LGYT orchestra conducted and musically directed by Oliver Rowe, with Direction from Richard Poynton and Choreography by Jessica Lambert.
The show runs from Tuesday 4 October until Saturday 8 October. Book online now at www.lichfieldyouththeatre.co.uk or by calling the box office daily from 11am on 01543412121.
Demand for this Lichfield Premier production are expected to be high, so book early to avoid disappointment. Discounted tickets are available for the Tuesday and Wednesday performances.
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