Glenn Close is currently playing to packed houses in the first rialto revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard.” But, as she explained to Stephen Colbert on his late-night talker on Wednesday, she can’t win a Tony Award for her acclaimed performance as Norma Desmond, the silent film star hoping to stage a comeback (watch above).
You see, Close headlined the original 1994 production of this tuner version of the 1950 film classic and won the Best Musical Actress award at the Tonys. The show, which won seven awards in all including Best Musical, ran for almost 1,ooo performances. This staging marks its first time back on Broadway since then, and it is eligible for Best Musical Revival, where it will face off against “Cats” and “Falsettos,” as well as upcoming productions of “Miss Saigon” and “Hello Dolly.”
Unlike the original, with its breathtaking double-decker set, this version has minimal staging. However, it boasts a 40-piece orchestra which showcases Lloyd Webber’s haunting melodies, including the poignant “As If We Never Said Goodbye.”
By the way, Close doesn’t want you feeling sorry for her. She is one of only a handful of performers to win Tonys for performances in both a musical and a play. Indeed, she picked up two prizes for her starring roles in the plays “The Real Thing” (1984), and “Death and the Maiden” (1992).
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