The Media Theatre presents the regional premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony winning musical “Sunset Boulevard” April 16-May 18. The show, based on Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 film, is produced by Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC), the non-profit music theatre organization that brings professional musicals to the historic venue. Jesse Cline is its Artistic Director.
Cline will direct “Sunset Boulevard” which features Broadway actress and Tony nominee Ann Crumb as Norma Desmond, the silent movie star who longs for a return to the big screen. Crumb has collaborated with Cline previously in MMTC’s “Wings”, “Master Class”, and “Souvenir”. She recently portrayed The Lady of The Lake in MMTC’s “Spamalot”. She received her Tony nomination for starring in Broadway’s “Anna Karenina”. Her previous Broadway credits include “Les Miserables”, “Chess”, and Webber’s “Aspects of Love”.
Nicholas Saverine is Max, Norma’s first husband and butler. Saverine has appeared in Broadway’s “Phantom of The Opera” and “Les Miserables” as well as several National Tours.
The cast also includes Sean Thompson as Joe, the screenwriter within whom Desmond sees an opportunity to return to her glory days. Thompson returns to MMTC after last season’s “Dr. Dolittle” and “Forever Plaid” productions.
Elisa Matthews will portray Betty, with Patrick Ludt as her fiancé Artie. Kelly Briggs appears as the legendary Cecil B. Demille, with Mark Colmer as movie producer Sheldrake.
JP Dunphy is Manfred, the tailor, with the ensemble consisting of Aaron Atkinson, Geoff Bruen, Anne Connors, Lauren Cupples, Brian Michael Henry, Jacqueline Elise Rosenthal, Sean O’ Shea, Michelle Siracusa, and Jarret Smith.
“Sunset Boulevard” is the final production in MMTC’s 2013-14 Broadway Series season, playing April 16-May 18. Scott Anthony music directs with Dann Dunn as choreographer. For tickets and information call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org