When the cameras stop rolling and the lights go out, that’s when the real drama happens, as Plays-in-the-Park brings to its stage “Sunset Boulevard,” the lush and sweeping tale of Hollywood’s darker side. It’s Hollywood, 1949, and struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis needs work. At Paramount Studios, all he finds is Betty, a pretty script editor. A near escape from repossession agents finds Joe at the faded, dilapidated mansion of once-great silent screen star Norma Desmond. “You used to be in pictures — you used to be big,” Joe says, to which Norma responds, “I am big ... it’s the pictures that got small!” From blockbuster composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (“Cats,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Phantom of the Opera”), “Sunset Boulevard” won 1995 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Glenn Close); and Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (George Hearn). Webber’s gorgeous and unmistakable melodies are showcased in such sweeping musical numbers as “With One Look,” “New Ways to Dream,” “The Perfect Year,” and “As If We Never Said Goodbye.”
About Plays in the Park: we provide the lawn - you provide the seats. And when you accommodate as many as we do, there is a need to be specific as to the type of chairs allowed. If your seats are too tall, then the people behind you won't be able to see; and if you bring a blanket or a seat that is too low, you won't be able to see. We have found that standard woven-plastic lawn chairs, or the resin one piece chairs sold in super-markets, or canvas chairs in carry bags are acceptable IF THE BACK IS NO HIGHER THAN 40". Due to complaining fellow patrons, if you do arrive with a chair higher than 40" we will have to ask you to sit in the area to the side, referred to with affection as "the berm".
I will get there around 5pm to stand in line. Please note that due to the popularity of the events, I am unable to reserve space. If you are not there to enter with me, you will need to find a place to sit on your own. Once I put my chair down, I will go to the picnic tables right outside of the theatre to have a picnic dinner (I usually have a yellow tablecloth). Please bring food if you would like to join me for a picnic dinner (or, there is a diner and a mall nearby if you want to leave and come back).