Change has not come easily for silent film star Norma Desmond. In a homage to early Hollywood and the era of silent films, Playful Theatre Productions presents the Tony Award-winning “Sunset Boulevard” at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre.
The musical will be performed Fridays, April 5 and 12 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, April 6 and 13 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, April 7 and 14 at 2 p.m.
With book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show is based on Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning 1950 film. It has enjoyed two successful Broadway runs, both starring Glenn Close in the lead role.
“Sunset Boulevard” stars Holly Gash of Yardley as Norma Desmond; William Kamps of Burlington as Joe Gillis; Evan Bilinski of Franklin Park as Max von Meyerling; Cat Tierney of Princeton as Betty Schaefer; Matthew Robertson of Yardley as Artie Green; Peter Sauer of Yardley as Cecil B. DeMille; Jim Morris of Plainsboro as Sheldrake; Nicholas Pecht of Hamilton as Manfred; and Mike Wermer of Mt. Holly as Sammy.
Featured in multiple roles are Rachel Benoit of Wrightstown, Darren DeAngelo of Keansburgh, Lea Jeffers of Rocky Hill, Nicholas Kianka of Hamilton, Jaimie McMillan of Bordentown, Billy Morris of Milltown, Jenna Moschella of Ewing, Emily O’Sullivan of Hamilton, Sasha Saco of Trenton, Jeff Scharf of Yardley and Daniellle Steward of Ewing.
Tickets are $20. They may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The community is invited to an opening night reception with the cast and crew on April 5.