Direct from a sold-out engagement earlier this year at the English National Opera, which marked Close’s West End debut, this production of the musical—which is based on Billy Wilder's classic film of the same name—will feature a 40-piece orchestra. Directed by Lonny Price, previews will begin February 2, 2017, with an official opening night set for February 9. The production will play a limited 16-week engagement.
“Seeing Glenn Close revisit her Tony Award-winning performance in London’s West End was a transcendent experience for us both,” said producers Blake and Bosner in a joint statement. “We wouldn’t have thought it possible, but Glenn’s masterful performance is even richer and more layered than before. And hearing the sweeping, breathtaking score performed by a 40-piece orchestra only solidified why Andrew Lloyd Webber is a living legend.”
Tickets, which go on sale today, October 25, at 11 AM, cost $65-$199 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at (877) 250-2929 or online at Ticketmaster.com/sunset.
The ENO production of Sunset Boulevard was just nominated for two Evening Standard Awards, including Best Musical and a Best Musical Performance nomination for Close.
“In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world,” according to press notes. “Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences.”
Additional information, including performance schedule and complete casting, will be announced shortly.
Lloyd Webber’s score includes “With One Look,” “As If We Never Said Goodbye,” and “Perfect Year.” When Sunset Boulevard opens at the Palace, the composer will have the rare distinction of having four musicals running simultaneously on Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock – The Musical, Cats, and Sunset Boulevard.
Check out production photos from the recent London staging of Sunset with Close:
Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard is based on Wilder's 1950 movie, which featured Gloria Swanson as the reclusive Norma Desmond, who falls in love with an unlucky writer — Joe Gillis — who happens upon her home by accident. William Holden played Gillis in the film; Swanson, Holden, and Wilder all received Academy Award nominations for their work.Multiple Oscar nominee Close is a three-time Tony winner for her performances in The Real Thing, Death and the Maiden and Sunset Boulevard.
Sunset Boulevard is produced by special arrangement with Really Useful Group Ltd.
Watch Close discuss returning to the role of Norma Desmond: