Sunset Boulevard Principals
as Norma Desmond
VALERIE PERRI (Norma Desmond) recently starred as Dolly Levi in 3D-Theatricals Hello, Dolly!. Eric Marchese of the Orange County Register said, “Valerie Perri delivers a knockout performance as Dolly. Proving a worthy successor to past stars, she’s part Channing, part Streisand, part Fanny Brice and 100 percent Dolly.” Valerie’s career began under the direction of legendary Director/Producer Harold Prince when he chose her to play Eva Peron in the Broadway National of Evita. She has also had the honor of working with esteemed Director/Choreographer Jerome Robbins in the Broadway National of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. She starred as Norma Desmond in the hit musical Sunset Boulevard at The Karen and Richard Carpenter Center which garnered her a best actress nomination from Broadway World and also Los Angeles Stage Scene Award for Best Performance of the Year 2013. She is a recipient of the John Raitt Award for best cabaret Performance 2014. She has sung for concert hall audiences worldwide, from Disney Hall to Carnegie Hall and internationally at the Opera House in Frankfort and the London Palladium. Her television and film credits include Criminal Minds, ER, Another World, The Out of Towners, George of the Jungle, Grease, and Dickie Roberts. Valerie’s album, Sweet Conversation is available on iTunes, and you can find her on all social media platforms.
Robert J. Townsend
as Joe Gillis
ROBERT J. TOWNSEND (Joe Gillis) is excited to return to the Moonlight (and to Norma Desmond’s pool) after spending last summer on the high seas in Peter Pan and Titanic. Moonlight: Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), and Beauty and the Beast (Beast). Broadway: Mamma Mia! National Tours: Jersey Boys, Camelot, Grease, and Radio City. Selected regional: Georges in La Cage (SDMT - Craig Noel Award), Dan Goodman in Next To Normal (SDMT - also La Mirada - Ovation nomination), Billy Flynn in Chicago (SDMT), Papa Who in How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe), The Story of My Life (SDMT/Havoc - Thomas Weaver - Ovation Award/ Craig Noel nomination), Edward Rutledge in 1776 (Musical Theatre West), Jekyll and Hyde (title role - Ovation Award). And my favorite role to date - Baby Daddy to Mr. Chase Evan Townsend!
as Max von Mayerling
NORMAN LARGE (Max von Mayerling) has enjoyed an extremely varied career from principal artist with The New York City Opera to ten LA Ovation award nominations. From symphony engagements under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa to playing more different guest starring roles on Star Trek than anyone in all of the series combined. From voicing characters in numerous Disney animated features to being recorded live at Carnegie Hall. From numerous original Broadway casts including Les Misérables (Bishop, Javert, Thenardier) to playing scenes with Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. From dancing as a star of Cats to playing opposite Leslie Nielson in Repossessed to standing by for Michael Crawford in The Phantom Of The Opera. From recurring as a judge on NYPD Blue to touring Europe as Tony in West Side Story.
(left to right) Robert J. Townsend, Valerie Perri, Norman Large.
Robert J. Townsend and Valerie Perri.
(standing left to right) Kenneth Gammie (Conductor), Steven Glaudini (Producing Artistic Director), Larry Raben (Director), JD Dumas (Musical Director). (seated left to right) Robert J. Townsend, Valerie Perri, and Norman Large.