Sunset Boulevard

September 14 — October 17, 2010
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Chris Coleman
“It’s extravagant. It’s spectacular. Go and enjoy.” —New York Post

She’s still big. It’s the pictures that got small. Norma Desmond gets the full star treatment in this blow out season opening musical (our first by Andrew Lloyd Webber) about the fading silent film star whose obsession with the revitalization of her career and a young man named Joe might just succeed… or it might end in the kind of tragedy only a legend can inspire.

Sunset Boulevard runs 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.

To learn more about the cast and creative team for Sunset Boulevard, click here.

Playbill for Sunset Boulevard

Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon

*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.

This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.

Production blog

The 2011 Tony Awards

The 2011 Tony Awards

13 June 2011 & Posted by Kinsley Suer

Did you catch The 65th Annual Tony Awards last night? It’s one of our favorite nights of the year here at Portland Center Stage. Although, come to think of it, we get pretty excited about anything that celebrates excellence in theater – and theater in general. By far, one of the highlights of last night’s ceremony was watching the cast of Anything Goes perform their title song. Best of all, the show features two recent PCS alums: Linda Mugleston and Raymond J. Lee!


Random Acts of Kindness

12 October 2010 & Posted by Jennifer Goldsmith

As a surprise to the entire audience attending Sunset Boulevard on Friday the 24th -Umpqua Private Bank passed out chocolates and hosted platters of yummy cookies during intermission.  A very thoughtful gift to make a sweet night out even sweeter!!!


iPhone Wallpapers 2010–2011 part 1

04 October 2010 & Posted by Michael Buchino

iPhone wallpapers for the first four shows of the season



Sunset Boulevard art & photos View on Flickr »

Photo by Owen Carey. Norma Desmond (Linda Mugleston) poolside. View on Flickr »

Photo by Owen Carey. Norma Desmond (Linda Mugleston) raptured by her own private film star bliss as Joe Gillis (Kevin Reed) floats dead in her pool. View on Flickr »

Photo by Owen Carey. Joe Gillis (Kevin Reed) is found dead by policemen (Kurt Raimer, Leif Norby) and a reporter (Jeffrey Pew) in Norma Desmond's pool. View on Flickr »

Reviews and Features

Ben Waterhouse | Willamette Week [Review 22 Sep 2010]

In the spirit of fairness, I’d like to say right now that Sunset Boulevard—Andrew Lloyd Webber’s slavish stage adaptation of Billy Wilder’s 1950 film—is not the worst piece of musical theater I’ve ever seen. There have been many that are less original (Spamalot), less interesting (Bark! The Musical), less comprehensible (Das Barbecü, a retelling of Wagner’s ring cycle set in Texas). But those shows are not, to my knowledge, currently being produced by major regional theater companies, and Sunset, Webber’s only musical since Phantom of the Opera to have any success whatsoever, is pretty awful. The music is not memorable, the lyrics are not clever and the plot is not original. There is nothing to recommend the show but spectacle.

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Grant Butler | The Oregonian [Review 22 Sep 2010]

Norma Desmond is the greatest star of all. Millions worship her every move, and when she’s in front of the camera, the mere raising of an eyebrow can send people off the deep end. At home, she’s surrounded by opulence, her entourage is a “who’s who” of Hollywood elite, and every day she receives mountains of fan mail.

Trouble is, that was 20 years ago, the glitter of the silent-film era has faded, and the world has moved on, leaving Norma nearly alone with nothing but memories and madness to fill up her empty mansion.

That’s the enticing premise of “Sunset Boulevard,” the classic 1950 Billy Wilder film that was adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the 1990s into a big-budget musical, which Portland Center Stage premiered Friday as its season-opening production.

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Alison Hallett | The Portland Mercury [Review 20 Sep 2010]

Apart from its existence, there’s really nothing wrong with Portland Center Stage’s production of Sunset Boulevard.

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