Drury Lane Theatre offers a new Chicago-area production of Sunset Boulevard, starring Christine Sherrill as faded silent-film star Norma Desmond. Dara Cameron, who co-stars as Betty Schaeffer, shares some backstage photos from the show.
Performances play to March 24.
Sunset Boulevard, based on the 1950
Billy Wilder film about a desperate screenwriter's encounter with a reclusive, deluded, aging silent-movie star, is directed by William Osetek.
The new Oakbrook Terrace, IL, production also features Will Ray as hungry screenwriter Joe Gillis,
Don Richard (national tours of
Sunset Boulevard and
Wicked) as Max;
Jonathan Weir (
A Christmas Carol at The
Goodman Theatre) as Demille; Dara Cameron (
Hero at Marriott Theatre) as Betty Schaeffer; Adrian Aguilar (
Follies at Chicago Shakespeare) as Artie; and David Kortemeier (
Spamalot at Drury Lane Theatre) as Hog Eye. The ensemble includes Larry Adams, William Carlos Angulo, Amy Brophy, Gary Carlson, Devin DeSantis, Ariane Dolan, Cory Goodrich, Rachel Klippel, Andrew Lupp, Alex McCrary, Alex Newkirk, Amy Orman, Sarah Page, Paula Scrofano, Jill Sesso and Will Skrip.
Jeff Award winner Roberta Duchak (
Xanadu, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, Ragtime and
Spamalot at Drury Lane Theatre) is musical director.
Jeff Award winner Tammy Mader (
Hairspray at Drury Lane Theatre) choreographs. The creative team also includes set designer Scott Davis; lighting designer Rita Pietraszek; sound designer Ray Nardelli; and costume designer Theresa Hamm.