Phantom’s Sarah Brightman to star in new Australian production of Sunset Boulevard

‘All right Mr DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up’: Brightman to play deranged silent picture star Norma Desmond in lavish 2024 production.
Sunset Boulevard. Woman in flowing white dress on the stage in front of an empty theatre, surrounded by house lights and footlights.

British soprano Sarah Brightman, who originated the role of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera in both the West End and on Broadway, will star in a brand new Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard in 2024.

The new production – another collaboration between GWB Entertainment and Opera Australia – marks Brightman’s first theatrical role in more than three decades, and the first Australian production of Sunset Boulevard in almost 20 years.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts