WHO'S WHO IN SUNSET BOULEVARD---PATRICK LUDT

The Media Theatre presents the Tony winning musical Sunset Boulevard now through May 18, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magnificent take on Billy Wilder’s legendary film focusing on the silent film star Norma Desmond as she hopes for a return to screen glory during the advent of the talkies.

Tony nominee Ann Crumb plays Norma Desmond in director Jesse Cline’s production. She is joined by a stellar cast. This Who’s Who series will place the spotlight on several of the other cast members in the show which runs April 16-May 18. The musical is brought to The Media Theatre stage by Media Music Theatre Company.

Patrick Ludt portrays Artie Green in "Sunset Boulevard"
The role of Artie Green is played by Patrick Ludt, a familiar face to Media Theatre audiences due to his stellar performances in shows as Roger in “Rent”, Sir Robin in “Spamalot”, and the title role (roles?) in the demanding “Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical”. His relationship with The Media Theatre and Cline spans almost a decade, also including supporting roles in “My Fair Lady” and “Forever Plaid” as well as taking the helm as director for a successful run of “The Sound of Music” in 2012.

“Artie Green is an assistant director,” Ludt explains. “He is a good friend of Joe Gillis, the young screenwriter who Norma Desmond pulls into her web in Sunset Boulevard. I feel that Artie and I are similar to each other as we both care deeply about our friends and family.”

Ludt feels that Sunset Boulevard’s score has a bit of a different sound to it than Sir Webber’s other musicals. “The interesting thing is the style,” he said. “The show has an underlying jazz feel to it during many of what I refer to as ‘the exposition numbers’.”

“That’s probably due to the time period of the story and the movie it’s based on,” he added. “The movie translates well to being a stage musical because it’s prominently melodramatic. The story and the roles, plus the subject matter of a silent film actress having lost her career…it all lends itself to songs that are grand and sweeping.”

He continues, “This is Webber’s only popular musical based on a movie. Now, in 2014, most Broadway musicals are based on old movies or even more current ones. It used to be that musicals, once popular, became motion pictures, but it’s reversed now. It’s all fine, as long as we hold onto the sanctuary of live performance which is a totally different art than film, which has all the editing and camera angles. When it’s live, you see what is really happening in the moment, which is partly what Norma Desmond was all about.”

How would he have connected with his audience as a silent movie actor in the 1920’s? Ludt slyly says, “Quietly!” After a brief pause, he says, “Actually I would have been very philanthropic and would have given a lot of my time and wealth to the less fortunate. That’s what we should look to, even in this day and age, if we are lucky enough to be in such a position as Norma Desmond was in.”

“I think audiences will love this production of Sunset Boulevard,” Ludt says. “The cast is incredibly talented, giving stellar performances. I’m thrilled to be a part of it and love working with Jesse Cline, a great director. It’s an enjoyable and meaningful experience.”

To get tickets or to find out more regarding The Media Theatre’s Sunset Boulevard (Now through May 18) call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org






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