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When she meets struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.
The show received its American premiere in December at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles starring Glenn Close as Norma Desmond.
The show has been staged across the world with productions in Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and tours in the US and UK. The show closed for three weeks, re-opening on 19 April , revamped to follow the Los Angeles production, with a second official "opening".
The revamped musical had a new song, "Every Movie's a Circus", a new set, and new stars, Betty Buckley and John Barrowman. Buckley and the production garnered rave reviews.
David Lister of The Independent , for example wrote: "The show looked an improvement on the one that got decidedly mixed reviews last summer.
Buckley went on to replace Glenn Close as Norma in the second year of the Broadway production. Elaine Paige , who had filled in when Buckley was ill in , took over the part in the West End in May  before joining the Broadway production for the end of its run between and The last actress to play Norma in London was Rita Moreno , who filled in for a vacationing Clark in September and October John Barrowman played Joe until , when he was replaced by Alexander Hanson.
Graham Bickley played the role for the final year of the London run. The show closed on 5 April , having played 1, performances.
The American premiere was at the Shubert Theatre in Century City, Los Angeles, California , on 9 December , with Close as Norma and Alan Campbell as Joe.
Featured were George Hearn as Max and Judy Kuhn as Betty. Lloyd Webber had reworked both the book and score, tightening the production, better organising the orchestrations, and adding the song "Every Movie's a Circus".
The Los Angeles production also recorded a new cast album that is well regarded. It is also the only unabridged cast recording of the show, since the original London recording was trimmed by over thirty minutes.
A controversy arose with this production after Faye Dunaway was hired to replace Glenn Close. Dunaway went into rehearsals with Rex Smith as Joe and Jon Cypher as Max.
Tickets went on sale for Dunaway's engagement but shortly after rehearsals started the producers announced that Dunaway was unable to sing the role to their standards and the production would shut down when Close left.
Dunaway filed a lawsuit claiming her reputation had been damaged by the producer's claims. Dunaway's lawsuit was settled and the producers paid her a settlement but no other terms of the agreement have ever been disclosed.
The musical opened on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre on 17 November with Close, Campbell, and Hearn recreating their roles from the Los Angeles production and Alice Ripley joining the cast as Betty.
Also in the cast were Alan Oppenheimer as Cecil B. DeMille and Vincent Tumeo making his Broadway debut as Artie Green. The production opened with the highest advance in the history of Broadway ticket sales at that time  and ran for performances.
Billy Wilder was in attendance on opening night and was coaxed onstage by Close for the curtain call. The New York Times theatre critic Vincent Canby commented about the Tony Awards for this year: "Awards don't really tell you much when the competition is feeble or simply non-existent, as was the case the year that Sunset Boulevard won its Tony.
Such prizes are for use in advertising and promotion and to impress the folks back home. Frank Rich , in his book The Hot Seat ,  noted that these lawsuits contributed to Sunset Boulevard setting the record for the most money lost by a theatrical endeavour in the history of the United States.
The musical sold over a million tickets on Broadway. The first national US tour in starring Linda Balgord  ended in early after only a handful of venues due to exorbitant costs involved in transporting the set.
Schulman to design a scaled-down production, with Petula Clark once again in the lead opposite Lewis Cleale as Joe. This production featured Anthony Powell's Tony Award nominated costumes, a slightly modified libretto by Schulman and Don Black and a new, more tour-friendly set by Derek McLane.
In August , a UK tour commenced in Plymouth starring Faith Brown as Norma, opposite Earl Carpenter as Joe. The production had a completely new set, much simpler than the original London set, although the overall production remained closer to the original staging than the revamped US national tour.
Carpenter left midway through the tour and was replaced by Jeremy Finch, who had previously understudied the role. The tour finished in late in Manchester and met with both excellent reviews and respectable ticket sales.
Ria Jones, who originated the role of Norma Desmond in the Sydmonton Workshop and understudied Glenn Close in the West End revival, led a new production opening at Leicester's Curve Theatre on 16 September for a two-week run before embarking on a national tour around the United Kingdom.
A German production of the musical opened 7 December at the newly built Rhein-Main Theater in Niedernhausen near Wiesbaden, starring Helen Schneider and Sue Mathys matinees as Norma and Uwe Kröger as Joe.
A cast recording with Schneider and Kröger was released in The role of Norma was later played by Daniela Ziegler and Christina Grimandi, with Schneider and, for the last few months, Sue Mathys both returning to play the lead.
The production closed in May The original Canadian production opened in Toronto in with Diahann Carroll in the lead role.
Her performance was also praised by critics, although the production closed sooner than expected. It also starred Rex Smith as Joe, Walter Charles as Max and Anita Louise Combe , who had understudied the role in the London production, as Betty.
The production later moved to Vancouver for the final few months of its run. A highlights recording of this production was released on CD. In October , the original Australian production of the musical opened at Melbourne's newly restored Regent Theatre.
The cast included Debra Byrne as Norma, Hugh Jackman as Joe, and Catherine Porter as Betty. The production ran until 14 June A year-long Dutch tour commenced in the Netherlands on 10 October , with Simone Kleinsma and Pia Douwes alternating as Norma and Antonie Kamerling as Joe, using the same modified libretto that was first used in the UK tour.
Kleinsma went on to win the Best Actress Award for the role in the Dutch Musical Awards and also Best Actress for the Flemish Musical Prizes.
An official cast album was released, with Kleinsma appearing on the main album and with a four track bonus CD of Pia Douwes singing Norma's main arias.
The Swedish premiere took place at the Värmlandsoperan in September , to mostly positive reviews. The role of Norma was played by Maria Lundqvist.
A second much more elaborate production opened in October , at the Gothenburg Opera House, with Gunilla Backman who previously understudied the role of Betty in the original German production starring as Norma.
A South African production starring Angela Kilian  as Norma and Jonathan Roxmouth  as Joe, was shown at the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino in Johannesburg from late August to mid October and at Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town from late October until early January The premiere took place on 19 February Another German production, starring Katharina Scherer as Norma, Philippe J.
Kayser as Joe, Antonia Crames as Betty, and Stephan Vanecek as Max, opened to sold-out seats on 15 September and had its fourteenth and final performance on 8 October at the Tuchfabrik in Trier.
An eight-week engagement of a minimalist production, in which the actors used musical instruments, enjoyed a good run at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury over the summer of Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood , the cast featured Kathryn Evans as Norma and Ben Goddard as Joe.
A West End transfer of the Watermill production began on 4 December prior to an official opening 15 December at the Comedy Theatre , with Evans and Goddard reprising their roles, and Dave Willetts joining the cast as Max.
However, the production closed just after initially planned on 30 May There were plans for a UK Tour and also talks of bringing the show to Broadway .
Opening on 4 April English National Opera ENO presented a five-week 'semi-staged' run at the London Coliseum. Glenn Close reprised her role as Norma, making her West End debut, along with Michael Xavier as Joe, Siobhan Dillon as Betty and Fred Johanson as Max.
Glenn Close reprised her performance as Norma Desmond in a revival on Broadway. Featuring a piece onstage orchestra and a relatively minimalist set, the production began performances at the Palace Theatre on 2 February before opening officially on 9 February for a limited run, with tickets on sale through 25 June The Broadway revival was directed by Lonny Price.
In , the first regional production of Sunset Boulevard was staged in the round at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago for a limited period and starred Paula Scrofano as Norma.
It was the first and only regional production to be licensed by the Really Useful Group RUG for the next six years. However, in the spring of , the leasing rights were finally released to regional companies and numerous productions have been staged around the United States.
The Ogunquit Playhouse production ran from 28 July through 14 August and starred Stefanie Powers as Norma and Todd Gearhart as Joe. This was the first fully staged production in the U.
The Ogunquit production was directed by Shaun Kerrison with choreography by Tom Kosis, featured costumes by Anthony Powell and an all new set designed exclusively for Ogunquit by Todd Ivins.
The Arvada Center production ran from 14 September to 10 October , in Denver, Colorado , the same city that launched the ill-fated first US tour in The show starred Ann Crumb as Norma and Kevin Earley as Joe.
The production was directed by Rod A. In April , Petula Clark reprised her role as Norma opposite Michael Ball in a concert production of the show that ran for two nights at the Cork Opera House in Ireland , which was later broadcast on BBC Radio 2.
The cast also included Michael Bauer Max , Emma Williams Betty , Michael Xavier Artie and the BBC Concert Orchestra was conducted by Martin Yates.
To date, with more than performances to her credit, she has played the role more often than any other actress.
Another two-day concert engagement took place in in Sydney by the Production Company; Judi Connelli starred as Norma, Michael Cormick played Joe and Anthony Warlow was Max.
The Production Company staged a slightly more elaborate version of the concert for a week in Melbourne during Connelli again starred as Norma, and David Campbell took the role of Joe.
The State Theatre was sold out for every performance. Paramount Pictures and the Relevant Picture Company announced in that they were developing a film adaptation of the musical.
In an interview with Elaine Paige during her BBC Radio 2 show Elaine Paige on Sunday on 6 October , Lloyd Webber was asked "What's happening to the film?
I would love a film to be made of Sunset , of course, but unfortunately the rights are owned by Paramount who own the original movie and, so far, talks with them have never led to anything.
And it's sad for me because I think in many ways Sunset is, I think, the most complete musical I have written, I mean in the sense that the book and the music and everything come together I think in a way that perhaps even some of the others, they don't.
Anyway that's my sadness at the moment and maybe, one day, the whole thing will get brokered. I'm doing something else with Paramount because after I've done this I'm producing School of Rock on stage, and that's a Paramount picture, so maybe if they like what I do with that they'll let me do Sunset.
In February , it was announced that Rob Ashford had signed on to direct the film, with Close recreating her role as Norma Desmond, and that production would begin in October of that year, but was then delayed to the fall of From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.