Sunset Boulevard: Musical Info & Synopsis


Sunset Boulevard delves into the faded glamour of old Hollywood. The story centers on Norma Desmond, a silent film star living in seclusion in her decaying mansion on Sunset Boulevard. When struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis crosses paths with her, he’s drawn into her world of faded dreams and obsession. Norma’s delusions and Joe’s desperation for success lead them down a twisted path. Sunset Boulevard explores themes of love, ambition, and the price of fame.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

Cast Size: 45+

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1940s, 1950s / USA (California)

Creative Team

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics/Book: Don Black, Christopher Hampton

Cast Albums

Original London Cast (1993)➝

American Premiere Recording (1994)➝

Original Canadian Cast (1995)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1990s, Based on a Movie, British, Dramatic, Large Cast, Sung-ThroughTony Award, Tragedy

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