Sunset Boulevard: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony-Winning Musical
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The last date listed for Sunset Boulevard was Sunday April 15, 2012 / 2:00pm.
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A heart-rending debut, a crowd-pleasing favorite and an iconic work are the highlights of Smuin Ballet's winter program XXtremes. For the first time ever in Northern California, the company will perform Jiri Kylian's acclaimed Return to a Strange Land, set to music by Czech composer Leos Janacek. Return expresses the journey from loss to hope with rare elegance and astonishing form. Brought back by popular demand, the company will also dance Dear Miss Cline, a buoyant and colorful romp through the music of Patsy Cline. Choreographed by the company's own Amy Seiwert, the piece features 10 Nashville tunes, including the immortal "Walkin' After Midnight." Finally, Smuin Ballet will pay tribute to its late, great founder Michael Smuin by performing his Carmina Burana. Set to the pulse-thumping cantata by Carl Orff, the choreography of Carmina Burana exemplifies the rhythm, speed and syncopation for which Smuin Ballet is beloved. Learn More
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I thought it was a first rate performance, but as with many other events at the Lesher, the sound system was not up to the quality of the performance. There were stretches when one could not understand what was being said or sung. This was especially true in ensemble numbers. Somebody should really evaluate and improve the sound system.
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.
With Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, Sunset Boulevard boasts Lloyd Webber's “most shamelessly and artfully constructed score, and offers two of his best songs in 'With One Look' and 'As If We Never Said Goodbye.'” (Time Magazine). The writing team has reinvented Billy Wilder’s 1950 classic film noir as a romantic musical spectacle, adhering closely to the screenplay co-authored by Wilder. Praised by many critics when first released, the film, starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden, was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won three.
Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation was first produced in London’s West End in July 1993, featuring Patti LuPone as Norma Desmond. The American Premiere opened in Los Angeles later that year, featuring Glenn Close. Ms. Close recreated her role for the Broadway Premiere in 1994, earning her a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress; the production garnered an additional 6 Tony Awards including those for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical.
Due to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s now-legendary dissatisfaction with the casting challenges associated with the iconic leading role of Norma Desmond, licensing of Sunset Boulevard to regional theatre companies was delayed for nearly two decades. When performance rights became available in 2011, diligent negotiation with Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals resulted in CCMT earning the enviable honor of presenting the East Bay Premiere this season.
Casting of CCMT’s production generated an unprecedented level of interest among bay area performers. In the coveted leading role of Norma Desmond, CCMT is pleased to present Annemarie Martin. A native of Menlo Park and proud Actors’ Equity member, Ms. Martin has been performing in venues throughout the Bay Area and beyond for over 20 years.
In the leading male role, that of down-on-his-luck Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis, CCMT welcomes back Robert Lopez, who was last seen on our stage in the leading role of Roger in CCMT’s critically-acclaimed 2010 production of Rent. In the pivotal role of Joe’s love interest, Betty Shaeffer, CCMT presents Nicole Helfer in her third appearance for the company. Ms. Helfer appeared as Val in CCMT’s 2010 production of A Chorus Line and, most recently in the leading role of Audrey in this season’s opening production of Little Shop of Horrors. Rounding off the principal characters will be Gene Bencomo, in the role of Norma’s ex-husband and devoted protector Max.