The Players Theatre News                    

838 North Tamiami Trail  • Sarasota, FL 34236 • 941.365.2494 Fax: 941.954.0282

Contact: Michelle Rinaca, Director of Marketing, 941.365.2494

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 26, 2012





Sarasota, December 26, 2012 – The Players Theatre is excited to open the area’s first production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Musical “Sunset Blvd.” Opening on January 10, the show weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of 'talkies.' Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.


The show is being directed by Michael Newton-Brown (who will also design the set). His creative team will consist of Musical Director Joyce Valentine, Choreographer Michelle Teyke, and Stage Manager Leona Collesano. Jeanne Larranaga will star as Norma Desmond, along with Logan O’Neill as Joe Gillis, Tim Fitzgerald as Max Vom Mayerling, and Betty Shaefer as Sarah Cassidy.


Additional stars include: Lilian Moore, Lauren Ward, Tamara Solum, Debbi White, Ren Pearson, Bill Sarazan, Jay Bowman, Randy Garmer, and Alex Mahodevan.


“Sunset is a incredible musical that I have loved since I saw it on Broadway” said Jeffery Kin, Artistic Director. “To have the area premiere on The Players stage is a personal season highlight for me. I couldn’t be prouder or more impressed with the Creative team and talented actors who are working on this Andrew Lloyd Webber masterpiece.”

Due to overwhelming ticket sales the show has already been extended past its original January 20th date to include January 26 & 27, 2013 shows. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students. Patrons can still take advantage of the four shows for $80 subscription package through the showing of Sunset Blvd. A savings of 25% off regular ticket prices!

Image Credits: The Players Theatre

Sunset Image 1: Jeanne Larranaga and Logan O’Neill

Sunset Image 2: Jeanne Larranaga and Logan O’Neill

Sunset Image 2: Jeanne Larranaga


Sunset Preview Night: January 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Evening (7:30 p.m.) Shows: January 10, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, & 26

Matinee (2:00 p.m.) Shows: January 13, 19, 20, & 27


The Players Theatre 

838 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota FL 34236, 941-365-2494, Fax: 941-954-0282 Box Office: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and one hour prior to curtain time. The Players Box Office is located on Tamiami Trail between 10th Street and Blvd. of the Arts.


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