The full cast has been announced for the highly anticipated revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, opening in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre in May, followed by a season at the Sydney Opera House in August.
Jarrod Draper is to play the role of Artie Green and Paul Hanlon will step into the shoes of movie director Cecil B. DeMille. The role of Norma Desmond, at select performances, will be played by Silvie Paladino.
The ensemble cast includes Regan Barber, Amy Berrisford, Billy Bourchier (currently performing in Miss Saigon), 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.
“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,” said the production’s director Paul Warwick Griffin. “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.”
Tim Draxl comes to the role of Joe Gillis having stared in musicals including Only Heaven Knows, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music and more recently Jagged Little Pill.
Robert Grubb is one of Australia’s best-known and respected actors, with extensive credits in theatre, film and TV. A Helpmann award winner, Grubb has appeared in many musicals over the years including Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Strictly Ballroom and he was also part of the original Australian production of Sunset Boulevard in 1996.
A WAAPA graduate, Ashleigh Rubenach has an extensive list of musical credits to her name including An American in Paris, Muriel’s Wedding, Anything Goes and My Fair Lady. She is also performing opposite Andy Karl in the new Australian production of Groundhog Day.
Silvie Paladino, who will sing in selected performances each week, began her musical theatre career in the original Australian production of Les Misérables which led to two stints in the West End production. She has since played in Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon, The King and I, Chess and more recently in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Based on Billy Wilder’s classic film, the musical version of Sunset Boulevard had its world premiere at London’s Adelphi Theatre in 1993. The show received its American premiere in December 1993 at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles starring Glenn Close as Norma Desmond.
The show subsequently opened on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre in November 1994 with the highest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. The original Broadway production won six Tony Awards of the eleven Tony Awards for which it was nominated including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book.
Sunset Boulevard plays the Princess Theatre, Melbourne from May 21.