On April 4, an all-star cast will read the classic Paramount screenplay "Sunset Boulevard," which was penned by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman, Jr. David Rambo will adapt the reading for the one-night-only event. Rambo also adapted the screenplay for "All About Eve," which raised $300,000 for the Actors' Fund in March 2003.
The "Sunset Boulevard" reading, which will be held at 4 PM at the Pantages Theatre, will be directed by Peter Hunt. Casting will be announced shortly.
The 1950 film "Sunset Boulevard" was directed by Billy Wilder and concerned an out-of-work screenwriter named Joe Gillis who happens upon the home of faded silent screen star Norma Desmond. William Holden and Gloria Swanson starred in the film, which won three Academy Awards. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's musical version debuted in London with Patti LuPone as Norma Desmond. Other Normas included Betty Buckley (London and New York), Elaine Paige (London and New York), Glenn Close (New York), Diahann Carroll (Canada), Petula Clark (London and national tour), Helen Schneider (Germany) and Debra Byrne (Australia).
Tickets for the "Sunset Boulevard" reading range from $28-$2,500. Priority tickets are now on sale by calling (323) 933-9266, ext. 35 or 54.
The Actors' Fund of America is the only national non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. For more information, visit www.actorsfund.org.