By Andrew Gans
29 Jul 2011
Directed by Larry Rabin with musical direction by Jeffrey Buchsbaum, performances at the Bellport, NY, venue are scheduled for Aug. 3-20.
Ackerman will be joined by Robert Townsend as struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis and Joel Robinson as Max von Mayerling, Desmond's butler and first husband. Iconic filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille will be played by Philip Hoffman with Gail Bennett as Betty Schaffer.
Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard (with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton) 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.
The Gateway's 2011 season will continue with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, playing Aug. 24-Sept. 11.
For more information call (631) 286-1133 or 1-888-4TIXNOW, or visit www.gatewayplayhouse.org.