Audiences will be captivated by Andrew Lloyd Webber's fiery story of love, fame and Hollywood in Pittsburgh CLO's debut production of Sunset Boulevard, July 24-29 at the Benedum Center. Tony Award nominee Liz Callaway, critically-acclaimed star of Love Changes Everything, returns to the Pittsburgh CLO stage as eccentric Hollywood actress Norma Desmond.
Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of "talkies," silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen. By the time she meets struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis, the glitz and glamour of her Hollywood life has all but faded in her mind. Their passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic curtain call, perfectly captured by Andrew Lloyd Webber's sweeping score including songs such as "With One Look" and "As If We Never Said Goodbye."
Liz Callaway (Norma Desmond) is a Broadway veteran who made her Pittsburgh CLO debut in the 2011 production of Love Changes Everything: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Her remarkable list of theater credits includes Merrily We Roll Along, Baby (Tony Award® Nomination), Miss Saigon, Cats, The Look of Love and The Three Musketeers. She also starred in the off-Broadway production of The Spitfire Grill, for which she received a Drama Desk Nomination. Her list of television and film credits includes Ready to Go (Emmy Award), Inside the Actor's Studio: Stephen Sondheim, Anastasia, The Swan Princess, Lion King 2: Simba's Pride and Aladdin. Ms. Callaway's solo recording albums are: "Passage of Time," "The Beat Goes On," "The Story Goes On," "Anywhere I Wander" and "Boom!" (with Ann Hampton Callaway).
Walter Charles (Max) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after starring in Me and My Girl and La Cage aux Folles. His Broadway credits include the Broadway revivals of Anything Goes and The Apple Tree, The Woman in White, Big River, Boys from Syracuse, Kiss Me Kate, A Christmas Carol, La Cage aux Folles, Aspects of Love, Me and My Girl, Cats, and Grease! Among his countless theatre and film credits are Wit, The Immigrant, Sweeney Todd, Company, "A Fine Mess," "Weeds," "Fletch Lives," "Prancer," "Cagney & Lacey," "Kate & Allie" and "1993 Grammy Awards." Mr. Charles was nominated for the Bay Area Drama Critics Circle Best Actor Award for La Cage Aux Folles and Best Supporting Actor for Sunset Boulevard.
Jeff Howell (DeMille) has performed in dozens of Pittsburgh CLO productions throughout the years. Credits include Beauty and the Beast, Candide, Bells are Ringing, Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, Chicago and Man of LaMancha. He has also appeared on television and film in "All My Children," "The Young and the Restless," "Equal Justice," "The Oksana Baiul Story, "The Cemetery Club," "Sudden Death," "The Dark Half" and "The Bride in Black." His additional work with the Pittsburgh Symphony includes A Tribute to Lerner and Loewe, Of Thee I Sing, Classical Rap, and Peter and the Wolf.
Amanda Rose (Betty) joins Pittsburgh CLO for the first time. Her Broadway and National Tour credits include Wicked (Nessarose), Dr. Dolittle starring Tommy Tune, Oklahoma! (Laurey). Regional credits include Gypsy (Louise), Miss Saigon (Ellen), Curtains (Nikki), Sunset Boulevard (Betty), Singin' in the Rain (Kathy), Les Miserables, Swing!, West Side Story, and 42nd Street at theatres such as Papermill Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, Goodspeed Opera House, Houston TUTS, Maine State Music Theatre, Atlanta TOTS, Fulton Theatre and Ogunquit Playhouse.