Hollywood Bowl to Present "Sunset Boulevard" Reading in August

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14 Mar 2006

An all-star cast to be announced at a later date will take part in a staged reading of Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard" this summer at the Hollywood Bowl. Peter Hunt will direct.



The Aug. 6 reading is set to begin at 7:30 PM and will also feature Franz Waxman's Academy Award-winning "Sunset Boulevard" score. The score will be performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under the direction of John Mauceri.

The "Sunset Boulevard" screenplay was penned by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman, Jr. David Rambo has adapted the script for the one-night-only event. Rambo's script was also utilized for the Actors' Fund of America benefit reading of "Sunset" in April 2004.

The 1950 film "Sunset Boulevard," directed by Wilder, concerned an out of-work screenwriter named Joe Gillis who happens upon the home of former 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. Other Normas included Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige, Glenn Close, Diahann Carroll, Petula Clark, Helen Schneider, Linda Balgord and Debra Byrne.

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, CA. For ticket information call (323) 850-2000 or visit www.hollywoodbowl.org.