A Hollywood Opera Noir

TITLE: SUNSET BOULEVARD (

AUTHORS: MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER; BOOK AND LYRICS BY DON BLACK AND CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON

WHERE: LONDON

THE BOTTOM LINE: Billy Wilder's satire of Hollywood still evokes the pain of losing fame, but musicalizing it has added little.

Spread across the bottom of the stage is a buzzing New Year's Eve party of Hollywood wannabes, at their center a failed scriptwriter turned kept man who is enjoying a brief and perilous brush with freedom. Hovering immediately above, in splendorous isolation, is the woman who keeps him, a Hollywood has- been turned loony recluse, stalking the ornate staircase...

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