SHE'S READY FOR HER CLOSEUP! Award winning stage and screen legend Glenn Close will OFFICALLY be reprising her Tony Award winning performance in the long awaited upcoming film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard.. The film will be directed by Tony, Olivier, and Emmy Award winner Rob Ashford (Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie and Frozen – The Musical) has signed on to direct and choreograph the film. In addition, the screenplay will be written by Olivier Award nominee Tom MacRae (Everybody's Talking About JamieMusical). Filming it set to begin this October.
SUNSET BOULEVARD is a musical adaptation of Billy Wilder's Oscar winning 1950 Hollywood horror film of the same name. It tells the story of "Norma Desmond" (played by Close), a faded and eccentric silent-movie star who draws an unsuccessful film writer into her fantasy world of wanting to make a triumphant comeback on the big screen. Some of the notable songs include LET'S HAVE LUNCH, WITH ONE LOOK, NEW WAYS TO DREAM, SUNSET BOULEVARD, and the beautifully haunting AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE.
Close's journey with "Norma Desmond" began in December 1993 as part of the show's North American premiere in Los Angeles at the Shubert Theatre. Her performance earned her rave reviews and also had the minds changed of the critics (who initially gave the show's initial world premiere in London's West End negative reviews). In addition, the creative team decided to change things up for its road to Broadway with Close as the original Broadway "Norma" and they also fired its initial original leading lady from the show's world premiere in London's West End… Patti LuPone. SUNSET BOULEVARD officially arrived on Broadway in 1994 at the Minskoff Theatre earning rave reviews for both Close and the production. It went on to receive 7 Tony Awards in 1995 including Best Musical. Most importantly, Glenn Close (who also hosted the ceremony that same year) won as Best Leading Actress in a Musical. She departed the Broadway production in July 1995 to start working on more Film and TV roles including her portrayal of the wicked "Cruella de Vil" in Disney's live action reboot of One Hundred and One Dalmatians. She was replaced by fellow Tony winner and Broadway legend Betty Buckley. The original Broadway production itself ran for 1,146 performances at the Minskoff Theatre.
23 years later since last playing the role, Glenn Close went on to reprise her performance of "Norma Desmond" in an acclaimed semi-staged revival of SUNSET BOULEVARD at the English National Opera in London. For a triumphant comeback to the role since her 1995 departure, critics raved Close's performance saying that she still has it. The ENO production was a huge success, it transferred to Broadway's Palace Theatre in the Winter of 2017 playing for a strictly limited engagement. The revival ran for 152 performances at the Palace Theatre.
Who is excited to see Glenn COME HOME AT LAST to her signature role now done on the big screen? Could this film FINALLY give Glenn her overdue Oscar win?!
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