“Sunset Boulevard” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** Pretty soon the artistic and executive directors of Porchlight Music Theatre may have to add a newly minted moniker to the list of credits printed in the Playbill that they distribute at each performance: casting by Divas Central Management. Last autumn, Porchlight presented a highly-lauded production of “Gypsy” starring E. Faye Butler — a performance which saw a very busy Butler finally return to a Chicago stage after quite a lengthy absence. She was greeted with open arms by critics and Porchlight audiences alike and won a coveted Jeff Award for her efforts. Now the elusive local star returning to the stage is Hollis Resnik in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard,” which is the first Webber show that Porchlight has ever produced as they enter their Silver Anniversary season. To keep the diva trend going, avid musical theatre lovers can only dream that next October Porchlight will launch their season with Paula Scrofano as Aurora in “Kiss of the Spider Woman”. Or, how about Barbara E. Robertson in the title role of “Mame”? They both would be sensational.  3 SPOTLIGHTS

“Sunset Boulevard” has been extended through December 8, 2019
The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL
The regular run performance schedule is:
Wednesdays at 7:30 PM (Nov. 13 and Dec. 4)
Thursdays at 7:30 PM (There is no performance Thursday, Nov. 28 in honor of Thanksgiving Day but there is an added matinee performance on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 1:30 PM)
Fridays at 8:00 PM (Friday, Nov. 29 has a 3:30 PM and an 8:00 PM performance)
Saturdays at 3:30 PM and 8:00 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM (Sunday, Nov. 24 has an added 6:00 PM performance)
Ticket Price: $39 to $66
Running time is 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.

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