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Tony Award Winner GLENN CLOSE Returns to SUNSET BOULEVARD on Broadway by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Glenn Close will return to Sunset Boulevard on Broadway. She will reprise her 1994 Tony Award winning role as Norma Desmond. A stellar opening night is set for February 9, 2017 at the Palace Theatre in New York. This Broadway revival, directed, as in London, by Lonny Price.


Tony and Multi-Award winner Glenn Close, The 70th Annual Tony Awards, New York, June 12, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino

Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It’s based on Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning 1950 film of the same title, which starred Gloria Swanson. The plot revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street. When young screenwriter Joe Gillis accidentally crosses her path, she sees in him an opportunity to make her comeback to the big screen. Romance and tragedy follow. Sunset first opened in London in 1993 starring Patti Lupone, Broadway 1994, and has had several long run tours, both national and international. In addition to LuPone and Close playing the role of Norma Desmond on the London and Broadway stages; Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige, Petula Clark, and Rita Moreno round out the list.

In addition to Ms. Close’s numerous Academy Award nominations, three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award, Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, and countless other nominations, wins, and honors; she was nominated four times for a Tony Award, winning three. In 1980, nominated for Barnum, and won for The Real Thing in 1984, Death and the Maiden in 1992, and Sunset Boulevard in 1994.

Norma Desmond is ready for her close-up. Again. Glenn Close is returning to Broadway as the faded film star aching for a comeback in “Sunset Boulevard.” Ms. Close transfixed New York with her performance as Desmond in 1994; now, after a return to the role in London this year, she is bringing it back to Broadway for 16 weeks beginning in February at the Palace Theater.
 “It’s not every day you get to re-explore a character that you did 22 years before,” Ms. Close said in a telephone interview. “To come back to a character as iconic and rich as Norma Desmond is really a privilege — it shows how much you’ve learned in life and in your craft.”
The transfer, which has been widely expected, is likely to mean that the show’s composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, will accomplish the rare feat of having four shows at the same time on Broadway. He wrote the scores for “Cats,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “School of Rock” as well as “Sunset Boulevard,” which is based on a 1950 film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Gloria Swanson.
“It was a phenomenal performance in London — people who had not seen it originally with her were really pretty poleaxed,” Mr. Lloyd Webber said of Ms. Close. “I always thought she was the best Norma Desmond we ever had. She just takes over that role and makes it completely her own.”
In the 1990s, Norma Desmond was first played in London by Patti LuPone, who was promised the Broadway role, but Ms. Close’s performance in a Los Angeles production was so persuasive that the producers replaced Ms. LuPone with Ms. Close, leading to a bitter and costly dispute.
Ms. Close won enormous acclaim — David Richards, writing in The New York Times, declared it “one of those legendary performances people will be talking about years from now.” She went on to win the 1995 Tony Award for best actress in a musical — one of seven Tonys, including best new musical, won by the show that year.
The current production began this year at the English National Opera. The Broadway revival, directed, as in London, by Lonny Price (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill), will have a 40-piece orchestra, which the producers believe to be the largest ever on Broadway; the set will be considerably less elaborate than that of the 1994 production. —The New York Times Theater

Glenn Close and Andrew Lloyd Webber, The 70th Annual Tony Awards, New York, June 12, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino

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One comment on “Tony Award Winner GLENN CLOSE Returns to SUNSET BOULEVARD on Broadway by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

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