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GLORIA SWANSON IN BOULEVARD - CONCEPT RECORDING (STAGE 9005)

Those Wonderful People Out There In The Dark...

Boulevard! is the original concept musical based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film 'Sunset Boulevard'. With music and lyrics by Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley under the direction of Gloria Swanson, this musical never made it to the stage. Swanson recreates her iconic role as the faded silent screen star Norma Desmond. 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.

In a cruel blow to Swanson's confidence, Paramount refused permission for the production to be staged. However this collection of demo recordings demonstrate that 'Sunset Boulevard' was first interpreted as a musical some forty years before Andrew Lloyd Webber's version took to the stage.

This collection also features rare bonus tracks of Swanson's first recordings from her illustrious film career.

RELEASE DATE: May 19th, 2008
BARCODE:
5055122190059

  • Presented on CD for the first time!

  • 24 BIT CEDAR MASTERING - the world's leading audio restoration system

  • Re-mastered from the original master tapes

  • Unreleased material from Act 1 and Act 2!

  • Informative liner notes by co-author Richard Stapley

  • Featuring rare bonus tracks from the early films of Gloria Swanson performed by Swanson

GLORIA SWANSON IN BOULEVARD! 
THE COMPLETE CONCEPT MUSICAL WITH BONUS TRACKS

ACT 1 - DISC 1
01. MAPS! MAPS! – The Map Sellers
02. SHELDRAKE’S OFFICE
03. THE DOORS ARE CLOSED – Joe [LISTEN]
04. MAPS! MAPS! (Reprise)
05. NORMA DESMOND’S LIVING ROOM
06. THOSE WONDERFUL PEOPLE – Norma and Max
07. NORMA DESMOND'S LIVING ROOM
08. THERE’S AN ANGLE HERE – Joe
09. WHAT’S THE ANSWER – Norma [LISTEN]
10. NORMA DESMOND’S LIVING ROOM
11. NORMA DESMOND'S MAIN HALL
12. TALK! TALK! TALK! – Norma and Joe [LISTEN]
13. I’M A NATIVE – Betty
14. I’M A NATIVE (Reprise) – Joe
15. STAY CLOSE – Joe and Norma [LISTEN]
16. HAND IT TO THE GLANDS – The Waxworks
17. NEW YEARS EVE: NORMA’S HOUSE
18. HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
19. OFF WITH THE OLD – Betty 
20. STAY CLOSE / YOU MUST HAVE LOVE / OFF WITH THE OLD – Joe and Norma [LISTEN]
21. NORMA’S BEDROOM
22. WHAT'S THE ANSWER (Reprise) - Norma

ACT 2 - DISC 2
01. SUPERMARKET ON SUNSET BOULEVARD
02. SUPER, SUPER - The Waxworks
03. TAKE A CRACK AT THE ZODIAC - Norma [LISTEN]
04. THE PARAMOUNT LOT
05. FOR REAL - Joe & Betty [LISTEN]
06. TAKE FIVE - The Paramount Players
07. LAMONT'S OFFICE
08. THOSE WONDERFUL PEOPLE (Reprise) - Norma [LISTEN]
09. BETTY'S OFFICE
10. STAY CLOSE / THERE'S AN ANGLE HERE (Reprise) - Joe & Betty
11. NORMA DESMOND'S HOUSE
12. UNTITLED LOVE STORY - Norma [LISTEN]
13. NORMA DESMOND'S HOUSE
14. DAWN BREAK ON SUNSET BOULEVARD
15. FINALE - Norma

BONUS TRACKS: 
(Performed By Gloria Swanson)

16. LOVE (YOUR SPELL IS EVERYWHERE) from The Trespasser (1929) [LISTEN]
17. SERENADE from The Trespasser (1929) [LISTEN]
18. IF YOU HAVEN’T GOT LOVE from Indiscreet (1931)
19. COME TO ME from Indiscreet (1931)
20. ICH LIEBE DICH, MY DEAR from Perfect Understanding (1933)
21. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH THAT I HATE YOU from Perfect Understanding (1933)

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