Step onto Sunset Boulevard this week at The Little Theatre and into the world of Norma Desmond. A faded star of the silent screen era living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street; she accidentally crosses the path of a young screen writer, Joe Gillis. She sees in him the opportunity to make her return to the big screen. What follows is a story of romance and obsession, which inevitably leads to tragedy.
Their Chairman Suzanne Macdonald said, "could there be more memorable songs than, “With One Look”, “As If We Never Said Goodbye” and “The Perfect Year”, to name but a few??
"A challenging production, but in the capable and talented hands of Stephen Hughes-Alty (Director), Jackie Morris (Choreographer) Chris Rimmer and Adam Dutch (Musical Directors) an evening of pure enjoyment is assured."
"I am extremely proud of everyone who has worked tirelessly to make this production such a success. The Cast, Orchestra, Backstage crew, Wardrobe Team, Props Team, Publicity, Box Office, Front of house helpers, whatever role you play, you are important.
Thank you to you, our loyal audience. We are all most grateful for your continued support. So sit back, relax and be transported to those glory days of the silver screen."
Sunset Boulevard (stylized onscreen as SUNSET BLVD.) is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. It was named after the thoroughfare with the same name that runs through Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California.
The film stars William Holden as Joe Gillis, an unsuccessful screenwriter, and Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a faded silent-film star who draws him into her fantasy world, where she dreams of making a triumphant return to the screen. Erich von Stroheim plays Max von Mayerling, her devoted servant, and Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough, and Jack Webb play supporting roles. Director Cecil B. DeMille and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper play themselves, and the film includes cameo appearances by leading silent-film actors Buster Keaton, H. B. Warner, and Anna Q. Nilsson.
Praised by many critics when first released, Sunset Boulevard was nominated for 11 Academy Awards (including nominations in all four acting categories) and won three. It is currently ranked among the greatest movies ever made. Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1989, Sunset Boulevard was included in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 1998, it was ranked number 12 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 best American films of the 20th century, and in 2007, it was 16th on their 10th Anniversary list.
Sunset BLVD is on from 5th-8th February 2020, you can purchase tickets from www.ticketsource.co.uk/southport-spotlights or for more information call The Little Theatre on 01704530460