Live theater tends to be more thrilling than film, largely due to the heightened odds of seeing someone deliver a stirring monologue while sitting in your lap. Witness truly dramatic close-ups with this GrouponLive deal to see the Maine State Music Theatre production of Sunset Boulevard at the Pickard Theater in Brunswick. For $18, you get a $36 credit good toward one seat. Tickets run from a special Groupon-holder price of $36 for regular matinee seating in the Super Saver section to $59 for evening orchestra, box, or grand-tier seating. Performances run through Saturday, August 4, with matinees beginning at 2 p.m. and evening performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. View the full schedule of performances here.
Boasting an impressive slate of Broadway-bound performers, Maine State Music Theatre's top-notch displays of timeless musical theater have delighted show-goers for more than half a century. Based on the 1950 Billy Wilder noir, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning adaptation of Sunset Boulevard weaves a dark tale of faded passion, twisted with delusion and murder. In a performance that the Portland Press Herald praised for its "intensity, seasoned with a hearty dash of humor," Maine State Music Theatre stalwart Gregg Goodbrod seamlessly slips into the lead role of failed screenwriter Joe Gillis, narrating the plot in song through flashbacks, asides, and intensive PowerPoint presentations. Denise Whelan takes up the role of Norma Desmond, a faded silent-movie starlet who enlists Gillis in her effort to sell a script that will restore her lost celebrity. Opulent period sets and costumes transport audiences back to Hollywood's golden age as the plot wends its way through a love triangle to an inevitably tragic, climactic, and enigmatic final scene.