Andrew Lloyd Webber May Be Readying Sunset Boulevard for Film Close-Up

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With live stage films of Love Never Dies and The Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall rolling out, Andrew Lloyd Webber is again looking at a film of his Tony Award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard.

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The composer has talked over the years about his hope to see a film version of the musical. The Daily Mail reports that Lloyd Webber may court his Broadway Norma Desmond, Tony winner Glenn Close, to return to the address of 10086 Sunset Boulevard for the film. Close earned raves for her take on the faded silent film star who dreams of a final burst of glory. 

"We'd rehearse and use a sound stage or a theatre and film it as a performance on stage," Lloyd Webber explained of his ideal plans for Sunset. The composer said that unlike Love Never Dies, which was filmed on the stage show's set in Australia for about £400,000, a design team would need to construct all of Sunset Boulevard from scratch, totaling nearly £1.5 million.

A host of names have been previously bandied about in the press as ideal candidates for a film of Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, from Meryl Streep to Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli.

Based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film, Sunset Boulevard has a score by Lloyd Webber with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. The musical premiered in London in 1993 prior to arriving on Broadway in 1994. It earned Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Actress (Glenn Close) and Best Musical.

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