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WINNER OF BROADWAY WORLD'S 'BEST THEATRE COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA' (2012, 2013, 2014)
All Broadway Series Productions, Youth Programs, Educational Programs, and Summer Camps are produced by The Media Music Theatre Company (Artistic Director Jesse Cline)
WHO'S WHO IN SUNSET BOULEVARD---PATRICK LUDT
The Media Theatre
presents the Tony winning musical Sunset Boulevard now throughMay18,
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.
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
“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
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
The hit show "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is at The Media Theatre November 9 to January 8. It's suitable for all ages and makes a great outing for families during the holiday season.
Based on the classic film which has gained popularity with each showing on television each holiday season, the musical has a book by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Songs include "Ralphie To The Rescue", "Sticky Situation", "It All Comes Down To Christmas", and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!"
The story takes place in Indiana in the 1940's focusing on Ralphie, the boy who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun. He eventually learns that the holidays are not about what you have but who you have around you to share them with. There is a humorous sub-plot featuring Ralphie's father, referred to as The Old Man, who wins a leg lamp.
It was nominated for three Tony Awards for its 2012 production at the Lunt-Fon…
The Media Theatre has the legendary musical
“West Side Story” April 19 through June 11. With a book by Arthur Laurents and
a sweeping score from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the musical is
often referred to as one of the all-time greats in the Broadway canon.
“West Side Story” transports Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliet to New York City in the 1950’s. The story takes place on the west side of Manhattan at a time when many Puerto Ricans moved to
NYC. Two young lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves in the middle of street
gangs at war—the Jets and the Sharks. The musical captures the essence of
struggling to survive amidst violence and prejudice which is one the main
reasons it has remained relevant to this day after premiering on Broadway in
1957. “West Side Story” highlights youthful
performers with energetic choreography and songs such as “Tonight”, “Maria”, “Somewhere”,
and “America”. At The Media Theatre, “West Side Story” is
directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn, with …
The Media Theatre has the Philadelphia region's professional premiere of Jason Robert Brown's Tony winning musical "The Bridges of Madison County" this fall. The show, which received Tony Awards in 2014 for Best Score and Best Orchestrations, plays September 14 to October 23.
Millions of film goers have seen the movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, although the writers of the musical state it is based on the best-selling novel. The romance focuses on a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to get out of Italy during the war. When her family attends the 1965 State Fair in Iowa, she meets a handsome National Geographic photographer who alters her life dramatically in four days. It's a musical which captures the yearning of the human heart and the expanse of America's heartland as we travel roads we often dare not go, open doors we often refuse to notice, and cross over bridges which leave us breathless.