Fans sink $ 509,850 into ‘Sunset’ sales

In less than 24 hours, ticket sales for the Los Angeles production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s newest musical, “Sunset Boulevard,” were hot but not record-setting: As of noon Monday, the show had racked up a $ 509,850 advance.

Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera’s” L.A. totals went up to $ 894,273 during the first 17 hours of sales in 1989.

When the box office for “Sunset” opened at 6 p.m. Sunday night at the Shubert , more than 400 people were in line; 1,558 tickets were sold, with $ 100,900 racked up.

The figure rose to $ 287,340 by Monday morning, as phone charge lines went into operation at midnight. The advance had risen by noon to $ 509,850, the last available figures.

Four years after it began setting L.A. records, people were also lining up for closing tickets for the final days of “Phantom,” which ends Aug. 29 after a four-year run at the Ahmanson.

To date, the show has pulled in more than $ 152 million in L.A.

Based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film, “Sunset Boulevard”– co-produced by The Really Useful Co. and Paramount Pictures Corp. — opens at the Shubert Dec. 2, with previews beginning Nov. 18.

Glenn Close will star as Norma Desmond.

The show will hit Broadway in the fall of 1994, with Patti LuPone and Kevin Anderson due to re-create their roles from the current London production.

Webber wrote the score, with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton.

Trevor Nunn will direct, with John Napier to do production design, Anthony Powell designing costumes and lighting by Andrew Bridge.

Musical direction and supervision will be by David Caddick, and Martin Levan will design the sound. The orchestrations are by David Cullen and Webber.

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