OGUNQUIT — Stefanie Powers, best known to audiences for her work on the long-running television series “Hart to Hart” with Robert Wagner, will star in the Ogunquit Playhouse’s production of “Sunset Boulevard.”

She will play Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit to be staged July 28 through Aug. 14.

The musical is based on the film noir classic by Billy Wilder, which starred Gloria Swanson and William Holden. It won seven Tony Awards, including best musical, and features Webber’s melodies “With One Look” and “As If We Never Said Goodbye.”

The Ogunquit Playhouse is the first fully staged regional theater in the nation to produce an all-new production of “Sunset Boulevard,” complete with Tony-nominated costumes by Academy Award-winning designer Anthony Powell.

Powers began her career at age 15, dancing briefly for famed choreographer Jerome Robbins. She was under contract to Columbia Pictures for five years, appearing in 15 motion pictures including “Experiment in Terror,” “The Interns,” “McLintock!” and “Love Has Many Faces” before landing her first TV series, “The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.”

More motion pictures followed, plus dozens of TV guest appearances, more than 20 mini-series and many tours in theatrical productions, including “Under the Yum Yum Tree,” “How the Other Half Loves,” “Sabrina,” “A View From the Bridge,” “Oliver!” and “Annie Get Your Gun.”

Another television series “The Feather & Father Gang” together with “Hart to Hart,” established Powers’ reputation for glamour and versatility.

She toured extensively with Hart to Hart co-star Robert Wagner in “Love Letters,” including the play’s London West End run. She later returned to the West End in the musical “Matador.”

This past spring, Powers starred in the Hallmark network production of “Meet My Mom.” She released her debut CD, “On the Same Page,” a collection of tunes from the classic American songbook era, and followed that with the debut of her one-woman show, “One From the Hart.”

Devoted to animal preservation and protection, Powers is co-founder and president of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, established in 1982 as a public charity to continue the late actor’s conservation work in Africa. She resides part-time in Kenya and serves on the advisory board of three major zoos.

For a complete list of show times and tickets, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the box office at 646-5511.


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