Ann Morrison, Chris Peluso, Kaleigh Cronin Star in Wichita Sunset Boulevard Starting July 6

News   Ann Morrison, Chris Peluso, Kaleigh Cronin Star in Wichita Sunset Boulevard Starting July 6
Ann Morrison, who created the role of Mary Flynn in the original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, dons the turban of Norma Desmond beginning July 6 in the Music Theatre of Wichita's production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Don Black-Christopher Hampton musical Sunset Boulevard.

Ann Morrison
Ann Morrison

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.

The creative team also includes musical director Thomas W. Douglas, set designer J Branson and costume designers George Mitchell and Deborah Roberts.

Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone created the role of Norma Desmond for the musical's world-premiere production in London, earning an Olivier nomination for her performance. Glenn Close played the role in Los Angeles and later in New York, where she won a Tony Award for her work as the aging, deluded actress. Other musical Normas include Elaine Paige (London and New York), Betty Buckley (London and New York), Diahann Carroll (Canada), Petula Clark (London and U.S. tour), Debra Byrne (Australia), Helen Schneider (Germany) and Linda Balgord (U.S. tour). Florence Lacey recently played the role at the Signature Theatre.

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.

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