Ann Morrison, who created the role of Mary Flynn in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, dons the turban of Norma Desmond beginning in the Music Theatre of Wichita's production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Don Black-Christopher Hampton musical Sunset Boulevard.
Directed by Mark Madama, performances are scheduled to continue through July 10. The cast also features Chris Peluso as Joe Gillis, Nicholas Saverine as Max, Kaleigh Cronin as Betty, Charles Parker as Cecil B. DeMille, Cody Davis as Artie and Timothy W. Robu as Sheldrake.
Here's a first look at the show:
Sunset Boulevard, With Ann Morrison and Chris Peluso, in Wichita
Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard is based on the 1950 movie of the same name, which featured Gloria Swanson as the reclusive Norma Desmond who falls in love with an unlucky writer — Joe Gillis — who happens upon her home by accident. William Holden played Gillis in the film, which was directed by the late Billy Wilder. Swanson, Holden and Wilder all received Academy Award nominations for their work.