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Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94301
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"Sunset Boulevard"
19 ratings
3.8 average rating
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4 reviews
2 stars
attended Nov 07 2010

Great voices and production. Not the most memorable music, but a delightful afternoon in the theater.

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10 reviews
12 stars
attended Nov 12 2010

The was a spectacular production. Everything about it was first rate. Costumes, lights and sound really put you in the proper mood for the heyday of the Hollywood studio system. The actors were all superb and the orchestra (which played pretty...continued

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8 stars
attended Nov 19 2010

This definitely does not even come close to Andrew Lloyd Weber's better musicals. He found a formula and uses it for everything even when it is not appropriate. He has a grandiose dramatic style that did not fit the first act of the show at all....continued

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“It’s a stunner!” —New York Times


Sunset Boulevard

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Book and Lyrics by Don Black & Christopher Hampton

Based on the Billy Wilder Film

Directed by Matthew Mattei

Choreographed by Robyn Tribuzzi

Musical Directed by Matthew Mattei

Palo Alto Players continues their 2010-2011 season with a musical masterpiece written by one of the cornerstone composers of musical theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber.

She’s still big, It’s the pictures that got small. And now, Norma Desmond—that paragon of Hollywood’s silent screen goddesses—is ready for her close-up on our stage in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most lushly melodic score._ Sunset Boulevard_ weaves a mesmerizing tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition when this legendary silent film star has a fateful meeting with struggling Hollywood screenwriter, Joe Gillis. The consequences are passionate, volatile and breathtakingly spectacular.  

Sunset Boulevard originally illuminated the silver screen in 1950. Billy Wilder, along with Charles Brackett, and D.M. Marshman Jr. wrote the classic film noir masterpiece which included the all-star cast of William Holden and Gloria Swanson. It was not until July 12, 1993 that Sunset Boulevard took the stage at the Adelphi Theatre in London starring the iconic Patti LuPone as Norma Desmond. The wildly talented Andrew Lloyd Webber, in collaboration with Don Black and Christopher Hampton, moved their masterful production to Broadway in 1994. The musical masterpiece known as Sunset Boulevard* *would go on to win seven Tony Awards, and would continue to win awards with its melodic scores, its passion, and heart-wrenching drama.  

About the Ticket Supplier: Palo Alto Players

The Peninsula’s first theatre company, Palo Alto Players has been continuously producing quality live theater in Palo Alto since 1931. Based at the Lucie Stern Theater, built for them in 1933, Palo Alto Players produces a season of comedies, dramas, classics and musicals from September to June. Audiences and participants come from all over the Bay Area to be a part of their productions.