Musical Theatre West Closes the Season with Sunset Blvd

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Sunset Blvd at Musical Theatre West

Sunset Boulevard is the fourth and final production of Musical Theatre West’s record-breaking 60th Anniversary season.

MTW’s Sunset Boulevard will open exactly 20 years to the day of the show’s world premiere in London at the Adelphi Theatre where it ran for 1529 performances. The Musical Theatre West production of the Broadway hit based on the 1950 Oscar-winning movie about a former star of the silent screen era living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street, has its much anticipated Southern California 20th Anniversary revival July 12-28, 2013.

Directed by Larry Raben with Musical Direction by David Lamoureux and Musical Staging by John Todd, 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.

The original Broadway musical, directed by Trevor Nunn with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, won 7 Tony Awards in 1995 including Best Musical. The 1950 film, directed by Billy Wilder and starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 3, including 1 for Best Music. In 1997, it ranked as #12 on the American Film Institute’s Best American Films of the 20th Century.

The performance schedule for Sunset Boulevard is Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will be no 2:00 pm matinee performance on Saturday, July 13; *and no 7:00 p.m. performance on Sunday, July 14. A Thursday, July 25 performance at 8:00 p.m. has been scheduled.

Tickets for Sunset Boulevard may be purchased online at or by phone at (562) 856-1999, Ext. 4. Prices begin at $20 with a $3 service charge added to each ticket. Group rates are available for 12 or more. Tickets may also be purchased at the Musical Theatre West Box Office located at 4350 East 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804.

The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center is located at 6200 East Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Sunset Boulevard is the fourth and final production of Musical Theatre West’s record-breaking 60th Anniversary season and made possible through the generous contributions of Associate Producers Universal Care, Richard Neri & Kurt Schulzman; Show Sponsors Larry & Shari Nemirow; and Honorary Producers for Musical Theatre West’s 2012-2013 Season Ken & Dottie Reiner, the Ackerman Family, and the Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation.

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