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Sunset Boulevard Returns to Broadway

Feb 2 2017 for 16 Weeks only – Glen Close

After a successful run at English National Opera directed by Lonny Price in a basic sound stage look in London at the Coliseum last year, Sunset Boulevard will play at the Palace theatre New York for 16 weeks only, ticket go on sale 25th October 2017 stay tuned.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Sunset Boulevard returns to Broadway, with Glenn Close reprising her Tony Award-winning role as Norma Desmond.

Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession, based on Billy Wilder’s classic film, with celebrated book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton.

Sunset Boulevard

Palace Theatre

First Preview Feb 02, 2017

Opening Night Feb 09, 2017

Closing June 25, 2017


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Glenn Close – Norma Desmond

Select theatre: BROADWAY: Phoenix Theatre Company’s Love for Love, directed by Hal Prince, (professional debut, 1974), Cy Coleman’s Barnum (Tony nomination), Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, directed by Mike Nichols, (Tony Award), Death and the Maiden, directed by Mike Nichols (Tony Award), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, directed by Trevor Nunn, (Tony Award), Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance. OFF-BROADWAY: Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Others, Simone Benmussa’s The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs (Obie Award), Nathalie Sarraute’s Childhood. LONDON: Royal National Theatre’s A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Trevor Nunn, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard directed by Lonny Price (The Evening Standard Award)

Michael Xavier – Joe Gillis

West End: Love Story (Oliver-Olivier Award nomination), Sunset Boulevard (Joe), The Pajama Game (Sid Sorokin), Spamalot! (Sir Galahad), The Phantom of The Opera (Raoul), My Fair Lady (Freddy), Pageant (Miss Great Plains) London: Into The Woods (Wolf/Cinderella’s) Prince-Olivier Award nomination), Henry VI (Suffolk), Edward IV, Richard III (George of Clarence), Assassins (John Wilkes Booth), The Sound Of Music (Captain Von Trapp), Soho Cinders (James Prince), Sweet Charity (Charlie/Vittorio/Oscar). UK: Show Boat (Ravenal), Hello Dolly! (Cornelius), Wonderful Town (Bob), Oklahoma! (Curly), Rock (Rock Hudson), Mamma Mia! (Sky), The Mikado (Nankipoo), Miss Saigon (Chris). U.S: The Secret Garden (Archibald Craven) Films: Never Let Go, Gnomeland.

Fred Johanson – Max Von Mayerling

West End: Aladdin (Jafar/Sultan), Sunset Boulevard (Max), Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate), Notre Dame de Paris (Frollo). Scandinavia: Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate), Les Miserables (Javert), Children of Eden (Father), Rebecca (Jack), Evita (Peron), The Alchemist (Alchemist), Sunset Boulevard (Max), Cats (Profetikus), Footloose (Reverend Shaw), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Garbo (Louis), Cyrano the Musical (Musketeer), Fame (Schlomo). Film: “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Pilate). TV: “Ranarna”, “The Love Quest”. International concert and recording artist and songwriter. Originally from Sweden

Siobhan Dillon – Betty Schaeffer

has been performing on London’s West End stages for a number of years in roles such as Sandy in Grease, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Molly in Ghost the Musical, Vivienne Kensington in Legally Blonde, and Ellen in Miss Saigon. After its successful London run, Siobhan is extremely grateful that she is now reprising the role of Betty in this production of Sunset Boulevard, which will be her Broadway debut.


The Story

When impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis stumbles into the reclusive world of faded silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond, she sees the opportunity to make a comeback and rise to her former glory. He by turn is seduced by the actress and her luxurious lifestyle.

But the entanglement between the pair is to have dramatic and tragic consequences. With the lush melodies of this much-loved score (including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look and The Perfect Year) performed by ENO’s acclaimed orchestra, this semi-staged production promises to be a spectacular evening. Lonny Price (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) returns to the London Coliseum to direct the strictly limited run of 43 performances.

Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning 1950 film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street. When young screenwriter Joe Gillis accidentally crosses her path, she sees in him an opportunity to make her comeback to the big screen. Romance and tragedy follow.


Full Cast

Glenn Close – Norma Desmond
Siobhan Dillon – Betty Schaeffer
Fred Johanson – Max von Mayerling
Michael Xavier – Joe Gillis
Nancy Anderson – Ensemble
Mackenzie Bell – Ensemble
Preston Truman Boyd – Artie Green / Ensemble
Barry Busby – Ensemble
Britney Coleman -Broadway debut – Ensemble
Julian R. Decker – Ensemble
Anissa Felix – Ensemble
Drew Foster – Ensemble
David Hess – Ensemble
Brittney Johnson – Ensemble
Katie Ladner – Broadway debut – Ensemble
Stephanie Martignetti – Ensemble
Lauralyn McClelland – Ensemble
T. Oliver Reid – Ensemble
Lance Roberts – Ensemble
Stephanie Rothenberg – Ensemble
Graham Rowat – Ensemble
Paul Schoeffler – Cecil B. DeMille / Ensemble
Andy Taylor – Sheldrake / Ensemble
Sean Thompson – Broadway debut – Ensemble
Matt Wall – Ensemble
Jim Walton – Manfred / Ensemble
Swings: Mackenzie Bell and Barry Busby
Understudies: Nancy Anderson (Norma Desmond), Barry Busby (Artie Green), Britney Coleman (Betty Schaeffer), David Hess (Cecil B. DeMille), T. Oliver Reid (Manfred, Sheldrake), Paul Schoeffler (Max von Mayerling) and Sean Thompson (Joe Gillis)

Sunset Boulevard Returns to Broadway Glen Close Palace Theatre