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

Hollis Resnik in a preproduction still for SUNSET BOULEVARD | Porchlight Music Theatre
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Billy is thrilled to be joining the cast of Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of Sunset Boulevard, opening Oct 11, 2019.

From PerformInk and Porchlight Music Theatres’ Press Announcement:

The production features the previously announced Hollis Resnik as “Norma Desmond,” alongside Billy Rude as “Joe Gillis;” Michelle Lauto as “Betty Schaefer;” Larry Adams as “Max Von Meyerling;” Joe Giovanetti as “Artie Green” and David Girolmo as “Cecil B. DeMille.” The ensemble includes Anna Brockman, Marcellus Burt, Justin Cavazos, Isaiah Silvia-Chandley, Laz Estrada, Brian Healey, Alex Jackson, Molly Kral, Jerry Miller, Mandy Modic, Michelle Owens, Danny Spagnuolo, Laura Sportello and Ambria Sylvain.

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, silent-screen legend Norma Desmond lives in a fantasy world. When impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis (on the run from debt collectors) stumbles into her reclusive domain, he is persuaded to work on Norma’s “masterpiece,” a screenplay that she believes will put her back in front of cameras.

Based on the Billy Wilder film, “Sunset Boulevard” features a rich score including the hit songs “With One Look” and “As if We Never Said Goodbye.”

Weber’s production team includes Kevin Barthel, wig design; Anthony Churchill, projection design; Robert Hornbostel, sound design; Jeff Kmiec, set design; Bill Morey, costume design; Maggie-Fullilove-Nugent, lighting design and Michael Hendricks, stage manager.

“Sunset Boulevard” plays October 11 – November 24 at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts. More info at porchlightmusictheatre.org