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Sunset Boulevard - Plays in the Park

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).

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  • Joseph

    Getting together with such friendly people on a beautiful evening for a superb performance was absolutely fabulous!!

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • kathy

    The second half was better. The acting and singing was very good.

    June 28, 2014

  • Sonia

    Thank you for organizing this event, Colleen!! I had a great time!! It was nice meeting everyone, too!!

    June 28, 2014

  • kathy

    I'll also get there between 5 and 5:30. Kathy

    June 27, 2014

  • Diane F.

    Hi Colleen! So glad to see that you're back in the swing of things, and will look forward to seeing you again!! I'm a little worried about whether I can get there on time (by 5 PM) to get a ticket, so my RSVP is somewhat tentative at this time, but I'm sure going to try! Does the play stay on even if it rains? Best, Diane :)

    May 24, 2014

    • Colleen

      Dianr, box office opens at 5:30. I am trying to get there at 5 to get in line. If you make it by 5:30, you can join me wherever I am in line(look for the yellow balloon)

      June 27, 2014

    • Diane F.

      Thanks Colleen. I'll see you there and see if I can join you in line (don't want to annoy others in the line behind you), though I expect I will get there towards 5:30. Looking forward to seeing you again!

      June 27, 2014

  • kathy

    Colleen, You're bringing food for a picnic?! Kathy

    June 27, 2014

    • Colleen

      Nothing big. I usually have a snack and a salad. Snack is enough to share, but people bring their own or buy from concession stand.

      June 27, 2014

    • kathy

      Thanks. I may bring a salad.

      June 27, 2014

  • Colleen

    Two notes: 1. The box office only takes cash. $7.00 per ticket ($5 for seniors). 2. Weather: last year, a few of us got caught in a major downpour. It cleared out and the show started on time. I will not be doing a raindate, as this is the last weekend. I will be there unless it is called off early.

    June 23, 2014

  • Colleen

    In regards to weather: Our policy on show cancellations during inclement weather cannot be set in stone as there are many considerations to juggle and the weather is, at best, unpredictable despite the weatherman's predictions. That said, here's what we try to do:
    We do not cancel any show due to the anticipation of inclement weather. Depending upon the length of a show, we can sometimes "hold" the curtain until as late as 8:45 p.m. and so if the situation is one of "isolated" or "scattered" rainfall we will try to wait until the last possible minute. In situations where the rain has been steady all day and the Doppler shows more to come, we will be forced to cancel.
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    June 23, 2014

  • Lenore

    Just saw it, enjoy, it was very good !

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • Stephanie L.

    This is a wonderful group to join!
    I can't wait to meet the other group members
    and see theatre.

    May 24, 2014

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