Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Just arrived from the UK....Boulevard! The Musical

Boulevard! - Original Concept RecordingBoulevard! - Original Concept Recording (2 CD)

Now in stock, Boulevard! the concept musical based on the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard with which Gloria Swanson hoped to recreate her iconic role as the faded silent screen star Norma Desmond!

The Stage Door release now features the entire production! Act 2 has never been released and Act 1 will be a very different edit to that previously released on LP!

With music and lyrics by Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley under the direction of Gloria Swanson, the musical unfortunately never made it to the stage. Throughout the fifties Swanson and her writing team (as well as a host of singers) recorded a number of demo recordings that Swanson would play to prospective producers as well as guests at her private cocktail parties. But, in a cruel blow to Swanson's confidence, Paramount refused permission for the production to be staged.

This fascinating collection of demo recordings demonstrates how Sunset Boulevard was first interpreted as a musical some forty years before Andrew Lloyd Webber's version took to the stage.

The 2 CD set also features rare bonus tracks of Gloria Swanson's first recordings from her illustrious film career.

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