Glenn Close to reprise Tony-winning role in 'Sunset Boulevard'
It’s been 20 years since Glenn Close took home a Tony Award for her role in Sunset Boulevard, but in 2016, she’ll return to the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical for over 40 performances at the London Coliseum. The AP reports Close will play Norma Desmond in the Lonny Price-directed production, which begins performances in April. The show will run through May 7, per Playbill.
The opera’s orchestra will take the stage alongside the cast for the semi-staged production. Sunset Boulevard comes from a partnership between English National Opera and the GradeLinnit Company, the same team behind West End’s Sweeney Todd, which had a sold-out run featuring Emma Thompson earlier this year.
The musical, based on Billy Wilder’s 1950 film by the same name, follows the relationship between a dejected screenwriter and a lonely actress (Close) hoping to make a comeback. The part marks Close’s West End debut, though she starred in a London’s National Theatre’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 2002.
Sunset Boulevard starts performances April 1 ahead of an official opening April 4. Tickets go on sale Sept. 29.