- Dates: 10/10/2023, 10/11/2023, 10/12/2023, 10/13/2023, 10/14/2023, 10/15/2023
- Presenting Organization: North Carolina Theatre
- Venue: Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts
- Location: Downtown Raleigh
- Address: 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
- Times: 2pm; 7:30pm
In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond lives in a fantasy world. When young screenwriter Joe Gillis accidentally crosses her path, she sees in him an opportunity to make her return to the big screen, with romance and tragedy to follow. Being “aged out” of Hollywood, Norma teeters in between the past and the present, retracting into her own reality in order to keep her fame, passion and purpose alive. Persuaded to work on Norma’s “masterpiece,” a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, Joe is seduced by her and her luxurious lifestyle. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic existence until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning masterwork of dreams and desire in the land called Hollywood includes the lush, swelling standards “With One Look,” and “As If We Never Said Goodbye.” Staring Raleigh’s own Lauren Kennedy, in the show that gave her Broadway debut.