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

Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of “talkies.” Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.

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 College Performing Arts School Primary School Professional Religious Secondary School University Youth Group

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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