Further casting has been announced for the semi-staged production of Sunset Boulevard which will star Glenn Close as Norma Desmond.
Michael Xavier will join Close as Joe Gillis in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical. Xavier is currently starring in Sheffield Crucible’s hit production of Show Boat, his previous theatre credits include Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre), The Sound of Music and Into The Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Love Story (Duchess Theatre) and Oklahoma! (Chichester).
Alongside Xavier, Siobhan Dillon will play Betty Schaefer and Fred Johanson will play Max Von Mayerling. Dillon was a finalist on How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?. She also played Sandy in Grease at Piccadilly Theatre, Vivienne Kensington in Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre, Molly Jensen in Ghost The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre and Ellen in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre . Swedish actor Johanson has played Peron in Evita, Javert in Les Miserables and Reverend Shaw in Footloose.
Close, who makes her West End debut playing the fading silent film star Norma Desmond, reprises the role for which she won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award on Broadway.
Also starring in Sunset Boulevard is Julian Forsyth as Cecil B DeMille, Mark Goldthorp as Sheldrake, Fenton Gray as Manfred, Haydn Oakley as Artie Green and James Paterson as Jonesy.
Further company members include Carly Anderson, Jacob Chapman, Ria Jones, Katie Kerr, Aaron Lee Lambert, Vicki Lee Taylor, Jo Morris, Ashley Robinson, Gary Tushaw and Adam Vaughan.
Directed by Lonny Price, Sunset Boulevard will run from 1 April 2016 until 7 May 2016 at the London Coliseum.