Porchlight Music Theatre’s 25th Anniversary season continues with Sunset Boulevard, October 11 – November 24 at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics and books by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, Sunset Boulevard stars Hollis Resnik and is directed by Michael Weber, choreographed by Shanna Vanderwerker and music directed by Aaron Benham. Previews are Friday Oct. 10 and Saturday Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.; Sunday Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Opening Night is Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The regular run performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with weekday matinees on Thursday, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. and an added performance Sunday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $39 – $66 and are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office, 773.777.9884.
Winner of eight Tony Awards, this landmark work has electrified audiences around the world. In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond (Hollis Resnik), lives in a fantasy world. When impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive domain he is persuaded to work on Norma’s “masterpiece,” a screenplay that she believes will put her back in front of cameras. Seduced by Norma and her luxurious lifestyle, he finds himself trapped in her clutches until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with shattering consequences.
Based on the iconic Billy Wilder film, Sunset Boulevard, the musical, has a long history of its own with productions and revivals around the world starring Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, Diahann Carroll, Petula Clark and others. The production also features a rich score including the songs “With One Look” and “As if We Never Said Goodbye.”