Betty's Office at Paramount Lyrics

Broadway revival 2017
Sunset Boulevard the Musical - Betty's Office at Paramount Lyrics

"Betty's Office at Paramount" is a song from Sunset Boulevard the musical performed by Michael Xavier (Joe) and Siobhan Dillon (Betty).

BETTY (spoken)
T-H-E E-N-D! I can't believe it, I've finished my first script!

JOE (spoken)
Stop it, you're making me feel old.

BETTY (spoken)
It's exciting, though, isn't it?

JOE (spoken)
How old are you, anyway?

BETTY (spoken)
Twenty-two.

JOE (spoken)
Smart girl.

BETTY (spoken)
Shouldn't we open some champagne?

JOE (spoken)
Best I can offer is a stroll to the water cooler at the end of the lot.

BETTY (spoken)
Sounds good to me.
I love the back lot here. All cardboard, all hollow, all phoney, all done with mirrors;
I think I love it better than any street in the world. I spent my childhood here.

JOE (spoken)
What were you, a child actress?

BETTY (spoken)
No, but my family always expected me to become a great star.
I had ten years of dramatic lessons, diction, dancing, everything you can think of;
then the studio made a test.

JOE (spoken)
That's the saddest story I ever heard.

BETTY (spoken)
Not at all. Come on.

(Pause)

BETTY
I was born two blocks from here. My father was head electrician at the studio until he died,
and Mother still works in wardrobe.

JOE
Second generation, huh?

BETTY
Third. Grandma did stunt work for Pearl White.

(As THEY walk down the Manhattan street, the stage begins to revolve slowly,
so that THEY end up walking Downstage;
and the flimsy struts holding up the substantial sets are gradually revealed.
JOE and BETTY walk in silence for a while; BETTY's expression is deeply preoccupied.
They come to a halt in front of the water cooler.)

JOE (spoken)
I guess it is kind of exciting, at that, finishing a script.

(HE fixes a couple of paper cups of water, and hands one to BETTY,
who's miles away and comes to with a start when he touches her arm.)

BETTY
What?

JOE
Are you all right?

BETTY
Sure.

JOE
Something's the matter, isn't it?

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