Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, created in the mid-1990s was his last big show to have some measure of success, including a two-year run on Broadway. Even at that, however, the musical version of Billy Wilder’s 1950 film had a troubled stage history, opening in London in 1993 and the following year on Broadway. It is reported to have lost nearly $20 million, in part due several lawsuits by actresses cast then set aside for the role of the faded silent film star Norma Desmond.
But those losses were also the result of Sunset Boulevard’s Broadway production expenses — well over $700,000 per week.
Sunset Boulevard, presented by Cincinnati Musical Theatre, continues at the Aronoff’s Jarson-Kaplan Theatre through May 18. cincinnatimusictheatre.org.