More casting has been revealed for Kennedy Center's upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Christopher Hampton's Sunset Boulevard, which will star Stephanie J. Block as Norma Desmond, as previously announced. The production will run February 1–8, 2023, at the D.C. venue's Eisenhower Theater.
Joining Block will be Derek Klena (Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge!) as Joe Gillis, Auli'i Cravalho (Moana) as Betty Schaefer, and opera star Nathan Gunn as Max von Mayerling. Additional casting is to be announced.
Sammi Cannold (Evita at New York City Center) will be at the helm of the new production, leading a creative team that includes choreographer Emily Maltby (For You, Paige: A TikTok Musical) and music director Ben Cohn (Dear Evan Hansen). Tyrone L. Robinson will serve as associate director.
"Our young team is especially thankful to be entrusted with bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Christopher Hampton’s classic piece to the next generation of theatregoers, in particular, from a new, female-driven perspective," says Cannold in a statement, previewing her take on the musical.
Based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film of the same name, Sunset Boulevard centers on Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent cinema planning a triumphant comeback when she meets struggling writer Joe Gillis. Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation, which premiered in London's West End in 1993, includes such favorites as "With One Look," "As If We Never Said Goodbye," and "Perfect Year." The musical has featured a string of legendary stage talents as Norma Desmond over the years, including Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley, Glenn Close, Elaine Paige, Diahann Carroll, and more.
Tickets go on sale November 3 at Kennedy-Center.org.