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4th Street Theater to present musical 'Sunset Boulevard'

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4th Street Theater opens the Broadway musical “”Sunset Boulevard”” on Friday, May 19, which will run through Sunday, June 4. Performance dates are May 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, June 1, 2, 3 and 4. Sunday performances are at 3:00 p.m., all other shows are at 8:00 p.m.

The musical, written by Don Black, Christopher Hampton and Andrew Lloyd Webber, tells the story in a retrospective way, 40 years after the film debut.

Both haunting and desperately sad, “”Sunset Boulevard”” revolves around the former star of the silent screen era, Norma Desmond. Aging and largely forgotten for years, she lives in her dilapidated mansion in Hollywood with her butler and chauffeur, Max. Lost in her memories, she is stirred into action when struggling screenwriter, Joe Gillis, suddenly enters her home and her life. Norma is convinced that she is still beautiful and in demand as ever. This misguided belief is sustained by Max and buoyed by Joe’s attention. She becomes obsessed with the young writer and reveals her increasing mental instability. When Norma learns of Joe’s secret love affair with the young Betty Schaefer, her fragile mental state completely breaks down and she fatally shoots Joe as he tries to leave her. With no grip on reality any longer, Norma grandly sweeps down the stairs to the waiting police, declaring, “And now, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close up.”

“Sunset Boulevard” originally premiered in London’s West end in 1993, where it ran for almost four years and played to nearly two million people. The American premiere in Los Angeles was in December 1993, starring Glenn Close as Norma. The musical was an instant success and moved to Broadway in 1994. It went on to win seven 1995 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for Close. The revival is currently running on Broadway to great reviews, again starring Ms. Close, through June 2017.

4th Street’s production includes actors from throughout the Northwest Indiana Region featuring Michele Gustin (Norma), Brian Brophy, Steven Mayersky and Rory McMahan of Chesterton; Laura Blythe of Porter; Matt Byerly, Bob Penney (Max) and Kaytee Riggle of Valparaiso; Bill Carns (Artie) and Laura Carns (Betty) of Hebron; Allison Davis of Crown Point; George Maslankowski (Cecil B. DeMille) of LaPorte; Kristi Peterson of Whiting; Matt Stinnett (Sheldrake) of Lowell; Wayne Wendell (Joe) and Glenn Hering (Director) of Chicago; and Dan and Judy Wilbur of Ogden Dunes. Jeff Otto of Schererville is Music Director and Linda Pauli of Chesterton is Vocal Director. Kevin Doler of Chesterton is Set Designer, Stanlee Hodsden of Valparaiso is Costume Designer, Wayne Wendell and Angie Heid of Kingsford Heights are Lighting Designers.

4th Street Theater is located at 125 Fourth Street, Chesterton. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the box office at 219-926-7875 or online at



Posted 5/17/2017





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