ACT of CT's production of SUNSET BOULEVARD to star Pearl as Norma Desmond Sun

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is excited to announce the cast for the first production of their 2023-2024 season – SUNSET BOULEVARD.

The show will open the theatre’s extraordinary sixth season. Directed by ACT of CT’s Grammy-nominated Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, SUNSET BOULEVARD will star some incredible Broadway talent.

SUNSET BOULEVARD tells the magnificent tale of Norma Desmond, a silent-screen star living in her Sunset Boulevard mansion clinging to a fantasy that audiences still long for her, but in reality, hardly remember her. This seven-time Tony Award-winning masterpiece has been called Andrew Lloyd Webber’s finest scores and weaves a compelling tale of romance, obsession, and faded glory.

ACT of CT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine says, “I have wanted to direct SUNSET BOULEVARD for quite some time, and I am extremely excited for this show to open ACT of CT’s 6th season. SUNSET BOULEVARD is a remarkably sophisticated musical with unforgettable and complex characters and a score that is totally thrilling. Our cast, led by the incomparable Pearl Sun,  is second to none and I can’t wait for our audiences to experience this exquisite show. With a cast of 19 actors and an orchestra of 11 musicians, our SUNSET BOULEVARD is going to be a stunning and unforgettable production.”

ACT of CT’s SUNSET BOULEVARD will star Pearl Sun (Broadway’s Come From Away and Next to Normal) as Norma Desmond, Michael Burrell (An American in Paris, Beauty & The Beast) as Joe Gillis, and Helen J. Shen (Mamma Mia, The Lonely Few) as Betty Schaefer.

The cast includes William Aaron Bishop (Anastasia), Pragun Bhardwaj (ACT of CT’s The Secret Garden), Claire Fossey (In The Heights), Jasmine Gobourne (ACT of CT’s Guys and Dolls), Gary Harger (Les Miserables), Amanda Hunter-Finch (The Sound Of Music), Conor McGiffin (Annie), Victoria Madden (Anastasia), Matthew Marvin (The Little Mermaid) , Val Moranto (ACT of CT’s The Secret Garden), Mac Myles (Children of Eden), Daniel Pahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Emily Solo (Jersey Boys), Liz Schmitz (An American in Paris), Will Stone (Man of La Mancha), Andrew Winans (A Chorus Line).

SUNSET BOULEVARD has book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and is based on the 1950 film of the same title. The ACT of CT production of SUNSET BOULEVARD will be directed by Daniel C. Levine, with music supervision/direction by ACT of CT’s Grammy nominated Bryan Perri. The show’s choreographer will be Sara Brians, with scenic design by David Goldstein, costume and wig design by Kurt Alger, lighting design by Charlie Morrison, sound design by Marisa J. Barnes, makeup design by Angelina Avallone, props supervision by Brendan McCann, and casting by The Casting Collaborative.

SUNSET BOULEVARD is rated PG-13 and will run from Thursday, October 26, 2023 through Sunday, November 19, 2023, with a special opening night performance. Performances are: Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, Sundays at 2pm; with an additional performance on Sunday, November 5 at 7pm.

To purchase tickets for all performances please visit actofct.org or call the box office at (475) 215-5497. Senior / Student and Group pricing is available. For more information about ACT of CT, season subscriptions, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, ACT of CT’s First ACT! program, and other theatre-related news and announcements, visit actofct.org

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional theatre located in Ridgefield, CT with a mission of producing exceptional theatre and encouraging an environment of inclusivity and artistic excellence. Founded in 2018 by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine and Bryan Perri, and along with the more recent addition of R. Erin Craig, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known musicals, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. In addition to fully produced mainstage productions, ACT of CT’s programming also includes a New Works Series, a Broadway Unplugged Series, and an extensive theatre education program. With its 182 seats and turntable stage, the theatre offers an intimate, unique, and immersive theatrical experience for its patrons. Given the proximity to New York City, ACT of CT has access to top theatre talent and professionals. ACT of CT has become one of the most well-known and highly respected regional theatres in the area, and received a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast album of their production of Stephen Schwartz’s SNAPSHOTS. ACT of CT is dedicated to inspiring, creating, and nurturing a culturally diverse, equitable, discrimination-free and inclusive environment for its staff, creative teams, cast, musicians, crew members, and audiences.

ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT. Visit actofct.org for more information.


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