A lavish new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical masterpiece, Sunset Boulevard will premiere in Melbourne in May 2024 at the Princess Theatre followed by a season at the Sydney Opera House in August.
Starring in this newly imagined revival alongside superstar Sarah Brightman, will be critically acclaimed actor and performer Tim Draxl in the role of Joe Gillis. The role of Max Von Mayerling will be played by stage and screen veteran Robert Grubb, with the role of Betty Schaefer played by emerging leading lady Ashleigh Rubenach. Musical theatre performer Jarrod Draper will play the role of Artie Green and Cecil B. DeMille will be played by established theatre actor Paul Hanlon. The role of Norma Desmond, at select performances, will be played by the remarkable Silvie Paladino.
Joining them on stage will be the extremely talented ensemble cast including Regan Barber, Amy Berrisford, Billy Bourchier, Campbell Braithwaite, Benjamin Colley, Grace Driscoll, Madison Green, Peter Ho, Leah Lim, Mary McCorry, Charlotte Page, Morgan Palmer, Caity Plummer, Taylor Scanlan, Tom Sharah, Lisa Sontag, Troy Sussman, Riley Sutton and Dean Vince.
Director Paul Warwick Griffin says:
‘‘We are thrilled to present this superb cast for this newly reimagined version of the masterpiece that is Sunset Boulevard. The calibre of artists we have assembled is extraordinary and I am very excited to see them bring our vision for this production to life on stage.Having Sarah Brightman return to the stage in this iconic role is thrilling and adding to the allure is the extraordinary talent of Silvie Paladino who joins the company to play Norma for certain performances. Along with Tim Draxl, Ashleigh Rubenach and Robert Grubb, we are incredibly fortunate to have assembled a company of world class talent who will bring to life Sunset Boulevard’s complex characters and hauntingly beautiful score.”