TITLE: SUNSET BOULEVARD (
AUTHORS: MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER; BOOK AND LYRICS BY DON BLACK AND CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON
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...