By Broadway Staff
The musical version of Sunset Boulevard is based on a movie, Billy Wilder's classic Oscar-winning film of the same name. Set in Hollywood in the early 1950s, Sunset Boulevard is a story of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Thirty years ago Norma Desmond was the biggest star of all, but Hollywood has since forgotten her. Now, with struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis by her side, Norma is ready to take her place in front of the cameras once more. But is it too late?
The tuner, which has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, was originally staged by Trevor Nunn at London's Adelphi Theatre in July 1993. The Broadway production which opened in November 1994 won seven Tony Awards, but it failed to recoup its initial investment.
The film version of the musical has been talked about virtually since the show premiered. Paramount Pictures attached to the project at one point, but it remains to be seen whether the studio will still be involved if the film does in fact happen.