Sunset Boulevard

Based on the Billy Wilder film, the musical version of Sunset Boulevard is a tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition.


Photo: Taylorian Productions, 2014. Photograph by Steve Woodley
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Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton
Based on the Billy Wilder film

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screenwriter, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive domain. Persuaded to work on Norma’s “masterpiece,” a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious lifestyle. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic existence until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning masterwork of dreams and desire in the land called Hollywood includes lush, swelling standards “With One Look,” “As If We Never Said Goodbye” and “Perfect Year.”

Sunset Boulevard has four central characters and an expandable ensemble. With a sophisticated subject matter, the show is best-suited to professional and adult amateur groups.

Orchestrations by David Cullen & Andrew Lloyd Webber
Original production by The Really Useful Group Ltd.

The Really Useful Group Ltd. gratefully acknowledges the role of Amy Powers in the lyric development of Sunset Boulevard.


Size of orchestra: Large

Genre: Adaptation (Stage & Screen) Drama Mystery/Thriller Period Romance

Vocal demands: Challenging

Dance Requirements:

Cast Size: Large

Casting Opportunities: Ensemble Cast Expandable Casting Reduced Casting/Doubling Roles For Older Actors Star Vehicle Female Star Vehicle Male

Performance groups

Amateur Society Performing Arts School Professional

Videos from the show

  • Glenn Close in the 2017 Broadway revival
  • Michael Xavier in the 2017 Broadway revival
  • Glenn Close performs “As If We Never Said Goodbye” at the 1995 Tony Awards
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