Casting is complete for North Shore Music Theatre’s upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, which will be presented September 24–October 6 in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Joining the previously announced Tony winner Alice Ripley—who created the role of Betty Schaefer in the original 1994 Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard and will now play former silent-screen star Norma Desmond—will be Nicholas Rodriguez (Tarzan) as Joe Gillis, William Michals (South Pacific) as Max Von Mayerling, Lizzie Klemperer (School of Rock) as Betty Schaefer, Kevin Massey (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder) as Artie Green, and Neal Mayer (Les Misérables) as Cecil B. DeMille.
Kevin P. Hill will direct and choreograph the production, with musical direction by Milton Granger.
The cast will also include Brittany Baratz, Kyle Braun, Michael Brennan, Ashley Chasteen, Bobby Conte, Christopher DeProphetis, Andrew Giordano, Victoria Huston-Elem, Eleni Kontos, Jesse Michels, Melissa Mitchell, Alfie Parker, Ellen Peterson, Robert Saoud, Kelsey Schergen, Domenic Servidio, Cecilia Snow, Chris Stevens, Michael Yeshion, and Janelle Yull.
The creative team also includes scenic designer Kyle Dixon, costume coordinator Kelly Baker, lighting designer Jose Santiago, sound designer Daryl Bornstein, wig and hair designer Rachel Padula-Shufelt, production stage manager Natalie A. Lynch, assistant stage manager Dakotah Wiley Horan, and assistant music director Robert L. Rucinski.
“I can just stand there, and the sound of the music reminds me of when I watched Glenn [Close] stand there in the big white cuffs,” Ripley told Playbill in 2017, as she prepared to sing Norma's anthemic “As If We Never Said Goodbye” in concert. “That informs your movement. You visualize it, but also, there’s this three or four-dimensional capability you have to feel with your heart or imagination. It makes you move a certain way. Am I cold? Am I hot? Do I want to take the coat off? Is it just right? I think everything is just right in that moment.
“Let’s just say I’m ready when it’s ready for me.”
Sunset Boulevard is produced for North Shore Music Theatre by Bill Hanney, Kevin P. Hill, and Matthew Chappell.
Sunset Boulevard on Broadway
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