Local talent shines in Sunset Boulevard

Keilor resident Silvie Paladino stars as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. (Ben King)

Keilor resident Silvie Paladino is set to dazzle audiences in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Sunset Boulevard.

In select performances, Paladino will portray Norma Desmond, a character at the heart of the gripping tale.

Sunset Boulevard follows the story of an aging silent film queen, Norma Desmond, who refuses to accept the end of her stardom. She enlists the help of a young screenwriter to revive her career, leading to a tumultuous relationship filled with manipulation, madness, and tragedy.

With a rich history in musical theatre dating back to 1989, Paladino shared her excitement about taking on the iconic role.

“I saw Sunset Boulevard originally in 1996 when Debra Byrne was playing the role of Norma and Hugh Jackman was playing Joe and I loved it then, but I was a young lady. Now that I’m older I’m the perfect age for Norma. She’s 50 in the show and I’m 52, it’s something that as I’ve gotten older I thought that’s a role I’d really love to play,” Paladino said.

Paladino has embraced the opportunity to share the role with fellow performer Sarah Brightman.

“To share the role has been somewhat humbling and emotionally challenging, but I’m absolutely loving every second,“ she said.

Rehearsals for the production began in March, offering Paladino and her co-star ample time to delve into their characters.

“We each play the role completely differently, we’re chalk and cheese as performers and vocalists,” Paladino said.

“It’s been an incredible journey so far and we’re just starting.”

Sunset Boulevard took to the stage of the Princess Theatre on May 21, with ‘s opening performance on May 28.

Details: www.sunsetmusical.com.au

Hannah Hammoud