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Glenn Close to return to Sunset Boulevard for Broadway revival

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Nick Wall

Norma Desmond is back. Glenn Close will return to the role of the aging silent film star in the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s musical Sunset Boulevard, it was announced Tuesday.

Director Lonny Price’s revival will transfer to Broadway after a sold-out run at the English National Opera in London earlier this year. The musical, based on the 1950 film of the same name, follows former silent film star Norma Desmond, who is now an aging has-been. She is heavily delusional and has secluded herself in her opulent mansion. When a screenwriter on the run from debtors stumbles into her home, she enlists him to write the film that will be her comeback. The shows features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. Close originated the role on Broadway and won a Tony for her performance in 1995.

“Seeing Glenn Close revisit her Tony Award-winning performance in London’s West End was a transcendent experience for us both,” producers Paul Blake and Mike Bosner said in a statement. “We wouldn’t have thought it possible, but Glenn’s masterful performance is even richer and more layered than before.”

The 16-week limited engagement will start previews on Feb. 2 and open on Feb. 9. Additional casting will be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now.

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