Sunset Boulevard

Music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Book & lyrics by DON BLACK and CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON
Based on the BILLY WILDER film.

Revival London Production

Opened at the Watermill Theatre 09 July 2008 and ran to 30 August 2008.
Previews at the Comedy Theatre began on 4 December 2008, with an opening on 15 December 2008.
The production closed on 30th May 2009.
Directed & choreographed by Craig Revel-Horwood.
After the massive scale of the original London production, this slimmed-down version is much more intimate and allows the drama of the story to be told.

Documents


LSI: Sunset Boulevard (August 1993)
[1.09Mb PDF]
From Lighting & Sound International

Original London Production

(Adelphi Theatre – July 12 1993 – April 5 1997. The production closed for 3 weeks and reopened on April 19 1994 after being revised in line with the Broadway production. The song ‘Every Movie’s a Circus’ was added, and the set was changed.)
Directed by Trevor Nunn
Choreography by Bob Avian
Set design by John Napier
Lighting design by Andrew Bridge
Sound design by Martin Levan

The massive mansion set was lowered onto stage from the flies. Under the set was a full lighting rig for the sections of the show where the mansion was out of view.

Projection
The ‘On the Road’ sequence was projected on film onto a screen downstage, mounted on a structure that contained a number of mechanical effects (spinning tyres, a speedometer) that synchronised to a timecode provided by the movie projector.

Trivia
A lack of space in the wings meant the prop car that drove on from stage right had to be hung vertically when off stage. It was lowered to the deck and manhandled into position by stage crew. When the front of the car appeared on stage, the rear wheels were still off the deck. As it drove on, the car finally reached stage level. The cast that sat in the car got into it off stage when it was still slightly in the air.


Los Angeles

December 9, 1993 – June 26, 1994
Shubert Theatre in Century City

The production closed when Glenn Close ended her run, before Faye Dunaway was able to take to the stage, due to box office sales not meeting the weekly running costs of the show. [Article from the LA Times]


Broadway

November 17, 1994 – March 22, 1997
Minskoff Theatre

Glenn Close transferred from LA to Broadway

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