BWW TV Los Angeles correspondents Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans visit with the cast of Musical Theatre West's (MTW) much anticipated Southern California 20th Anniversary revival of Sunset Boulevard on stage now through July 28, 2013 at the 1,070-seat Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA. The production's first performance was July 12, 2013 exactly 20 years to the day after the show's world premiere in London's West End starring Patti LuPone and Kevin Anderson at the Adelphi Theatre where it ultimately ran for 1529 performances.
Broadway's Valerie Perri stars as Norma Desmond with David Burnham as Joe Gillis for Musical Theatre West. Perri and Burnham, along with Norman Large (as Max Von Mayerling) and Ashley Fox Linton (as Betty Schaefer), Musical Director David Lamoureux, and MTW Executive Director/Producer Paul Garman are interviewed.
The critically acclaimed MTW revival, based on the 1950 Oscar winning motion picture of the same title, is directed by Larry Raben with staging and choreography by John Todd. Rounding out the Creative Team is Mary Ritenhour serving as Production Manager with Kelly Marie Pate as Stage Manager; Kevin Clowes as Technical Designer; Jean-Yves Tessier as Lighting Designer; Julie Ferrin as Sound Designer; and Kate Poppen as Costume Coordinator.
Featured cast members include David Aldrete (Cecil B. Demille), Marc Ginsburg (Artie), and Jeff Skowron (Sheldrake & Manfred).
Ensemble members include Lucas Coleman, Peyton Crim, Marisa Field, Brad Fitzgerald, Chelsea Franko, Karla Franko, Juan Guillan, Caitlin Humphreys, Will Huse, Tom McMahon, Tiana Okoye, Kirklyn Robinson, Tia Robinson, Trance Thompson, and John Todd.
Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of "talkies." Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.