Norma Desmond (Hollis Resnik) and Joe Gillis (Billy Rude) in Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of Andrew Llyod-Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical, “Sunset Boulevard”
photo: Michael Courier

Critics and Audiences take a trip down SUNSET BOULEVARD, NOW EXTENDED thru DEC. 8 at the RUTH PAGE CENTER for ARTS

“Norma Desmond is played to perfection by  Chicago favorite Hollis Resnik, who nails her character from start to finish.”

Alan Bresloff, Around The Town Chicago

“Rude is marvelous as Joe, the would-be screenwriter who has been in Hollywood just long enough to curdle his own dreams […] As vocals go, Rude is in his prime, never more so than in that haunting and angry “Sunset Boulevard.”

“THREE AND A HALF OUT OF FOUR STARS”

Catey Sullivan, The Chicago Sun Times

“Resnik strikes a great balance as the once-worshiped screen icon who can also be cold and calculating when making demands on those who surround her, mostly Billy Rude, who dazzles as down-on-his-luck screenwriter Joe Gillis”

Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune

“Making his main stage debut, Rude is flat-out terrific in the role of Gillis. Lauto’s stunning vocals are a highlight and match perfectly with Rude’s, and their star-crossed love story feels moving and real.”

Ed Tracey, PickInSix Review
Hear what audiences are saying about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-Winning Sunset Boulevard — Starring Chicago legend Hollis Resnik!

NOW EXTENDED thru December 8! Get your tickets NOW at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org

Billy Rude Upcoming California Dates Poster

Billy joins an all-star cast and crew for MDQ

Fresh off of the Million Dollar Quartet National Tour, Billy prepares to ship out for Santa Maria, CA, where he’ll be rocking out with a killer, new group of artists. PCPA presents Million Dollar Quartet, direction by Kitty Balay, playing June 20 – 29 at the Marian Theatre, Santa Maria, CA, and July 5 – 28 at the Festival Theatre, Solvang, CA.

Billy (Jerry Lee Lewis) is excited to join Chris Wren (Carl Perkins), Nick Voss (Elvis Presley), and Bill Scott Sheets (Johnny Cash) as they recreate that famed night in 1956. Completing the jam session is Scott Fuss (Sam Phillips), Charlotte Campbell (Dyanne), James Gallardo (Brother Jay), and R. Brandon Pollard (Fluke). Billy is thrilled to be returning to California for another summer after just recently bringing the role to The Laguna Playhouse…

[…] His physicalization of Jerry Lee’s style is something to behold. He never stops moving, with all the crazy gyrations and acrobatic stunts he was known for, from sitting on the ground playing with his feet, sitting atop the upright piano and playing the keys beneath and behind him, his ever-stomping rhythm with his right leg accompanying his infamous glissandos and slamming on a bunch of keys, either at the top of the 88s, or the very bottom, producing a loud bass, crashing sound. His brash, allegro style, somehow fitting notes in between notes, while constantly changing positions […]

– Valerie-Jean Miller, Broadwayworld.com

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The sun was shining and the air was warm, so what better excuse to go play outside! Thanks to Hugh Hysell sharing the video on Facebook- I’ve been infatuated with Hadestown since 2016 when the concept album was released on Spotify and I’m so glad to see it take wings on Broadway.