Stephanie J. Block and Derek Klena are stepping into the spotlight for their solo numbers, in a new pair of Sunset Boulevard production videos released by The Kennedy Center. Block, playing fading film star Norma Desmond, belts out the forlorn ballad "As If We Never Said Goodbye." Klena, playing screenwriter Joe Gillis who gets drawn into Norma's orbit, commands the stage with the titular song "Sunset Boulevard."
The Kennedy Center production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard opened February 1 at the D.C. venue's Eisenhower Theater, with Block leading the high-drama Hollywood story about fleeting fame and the inevitable loss of stardom due to changing beauty standards. The limited engagement runs until February 8.
See Block's performance below, as she's backed by Kennedy Center's lush orchestra.
See Klena's performance below.
Block and Klena are joined in Sunset Boulevard by Auli'i Cravalho (Moana) as Betty Schaefer, and opera star Nathan Gunn as Max von Mayerling, Michael Maliakel (Aladdin) as Artie Green, Kevin Pariseau (My Fair Lady, Ink) as Sheldrake, Tyley Ross (Finding Neverland, Miss Saigon) as Manfred, and Paul Schoeffler (Sunset Boulevard, Rock of Ages) as Cecil B. DeMille.
Rounding out the ensemble is David André, Lauren Blackman, Julio Catano-Yee, Colin Cunliffe, Haile Ferrier, Emily Harvey, Wonza Johnson, Aubrie Knapp, Ryland Marbutt, Lance Roberts, Maria Cristina Posada Slye, and Kristin Yancy.
For another glimpse at the Kennedy Center's production of Sunset Boulevard, check out this rehearsal footage of the cast performing, taken by Playbill.
Sammi Cannold (Evita at New York City Center) helms the new production, leading a creative team that includes choreographer Emily Maltby (For You, Paige: A TikTok Musical) and music director Ben Cohn (Dear Evan Hansen). Tyrone L. Robinson serves as associate director.
Sunset Boulevard features scenic and projection design by Paul Tate dePoo III, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Cory Pattak, sound design by Kai Harada and Haley Parcher, and hair and wig design by Tom Watson. Tyrone L. Robinson is the associate director, Emily Stillings is the associate choreographer, and Garret Healey is the associate music director.