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June 24, 1994 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The producers of "Sunset Boulevard," the mega-musical at the Shubert Theatre in Century City, abruptly announced Thursday that the show will close after Sunday's final appearance with Glenn Close in the lead role, leaving the theater dark and thousands of advance ticket-holders disappointed. Faye Dunaway was scheduled to begin preview performances July 5.
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August 5, 1994 | BARBARA ISENBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The offstage saga of "Sunset Boulevard" continues. Separate letters to actress Faye Dunaway from the show's director and its producer are generating controversy, speculation and possible lawsuit fodder regarding Dunaway's abrupt firing and the show's closing in Los Angeles on June 26. Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show's composer and producer, and "Sunset" director Trevor Nunn have each written Dunaway detailing what led up to the two events.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 1994 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now that it is official that Glenn Close, not Patti LuPone, will be Broadway's first Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard," a new guessing game can begin: Who will be L.A.'s second Norma Desmond? After numerous rumors and months of speculation, a spokesman for "Sunset" confirmed on Friday that Close will leave L.A.'s "Sunset Boulevard" when her contract expires on June 26. According to the current schedule, she won't open at the Minskoff Theater in New York until Nov. 17.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 1994 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A spokesman for Andrew Lloyd Webber sought to explain over the weekend the background on the composer-producer's actions leading up to last week's firing of actress Faye Dunaway from the Los Angeles production of "Sunset Boulevard," an act Dunaway has termed "capricious." Spokesman Peter Brown denied Dunaway's contention that Lloyd Webber had insisted that she sing the role in a higher range than her own.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 1994 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A spokesman for Andrew Lloyd Webber sought to explain over the weekend the background on the composer-producer's actions leading up to last week's firing of actress Faye Dunaway from the Los Angeles production of "Sunset Boulevard," an act Dunaway has termed "capricious." Spokesman Peter Brown denied Dunaway's contention that Lloyd Webber had insisted that she sing the role in a higher range than her own.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1994 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Andrew Lloyd Webber's announcement that he would close down his musical "Sunset Boulevard" rather than have Faye Dunaway take over the leading role, Sunday's two performances suddenly became the last chance to see the show in its U.S. premiere and in the city where it is set.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1994 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So the show doesn't always go on, after all. The sudden announcement Thursday that Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Boulevard" will close Sunday after Glenn Close's final performance leads inevitably to the question of why the dismissal of Faye Dunaway--the erstwhile-anointed replacement for Close--requires the entire production to shut down. Close and the rest of the L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 1994 | BARBARA ISENBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The offstage saga of "Sunset Boulevard" continues. Separate letters to actress Faye Dunaway from the show's director and its producer are generating controversy, speculation and possible lawsuit fodder regarding Dunaway's abrupt firing and the show's closing in Los Angeles on June 26. Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show's composer and producer, and "Sunset" director Trevor Nunn have each written Dunaway detailing what led up to the two events.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1994 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Calling Andrew Lloyd Webber's decision to close "Sunset Boulevard" Sunday "yet another capricious act by a capricious man," actress Faye Dunaway spoke publicly Friday morning for the first time since learning that she would not take over the role of Norma Desmond in the Shubert Theatre production. Lloyd Webber officials fired her on Tuesday and announced the closing of the Los Angeles production Thursday, saying her singing was not up to the demands of the musical's lead role.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 1994 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
For Norma Desmond, aging silent screen star in "Sunset Boulevard," the advent of talking pictures spelled the end of her career. Faye Dunaway saw Hollywood unofficially relieve her of her movie-star crown in the 1980s as she entered her 40s; looking back, she said she sometimes feared her own career might take Norma Desmond's downward spiral.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1994 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Andrew Lloyd Webber's announcement that he would close down his musical "Sunset Boulevard" rather than have Faye Dunaway take over the leading role, Sunday's two performances suddenly became the last chance to see the show in its U.S. premiere and in the city where it is set.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1994 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So the show doesn't always go on, after all. The sudden announcement Thursday that Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Boulevard" will close Sunday after Glenn Close's final performance leads inevitably to the question of why the dismissal of Faye Dunaway--the erstwhile-anointed replacement for Close--requires the entire production to shut down. Close and the rest of the L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1994 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Calling Andrew Lloyd Webber's decision to close "Sunset Boulevard" Sunday "yet another capricious act by a capricious man," actress Faye Dunaway spoke publicly Friday morning for the first time since learning that she would not take over the role of Norma Desmond in the Shubert Theatre production. Lloyd Webber officials fired her on Tuesday and announced the closing of the Los Angeles production Thursday, saying her singing was not up to the demands of the musical's lead role.
NEWS
June 24, 1994 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The producers of "Sunset Boulevard," the mega-musical at the Shubert Theatre in Century City, abruptly announced Thursday that the show will close after Sunday's final appearance with Glenn Close in the lead role, leaving the theater dark and thousands of advance ticket-holders disappointed. Faye Dunaway was scheduled to begin preview performances July 5.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 1994 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
For Norma Desmond, aging silent screen star in "Sunset Boulevard," the advent of talking pictures spelled the end of her career. Faye Dunaway saw Hollywood unofficially relieve her of her movie-star crown in the 1980s as she entered her 40s; looking back, she said she sometimes feared her own career might take Norma Desmond's downward spiral.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 1994 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now that it is official that Glenn Close, not Patti LuPone, will be Broadway's first Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard," a new guessing game can begin: Who will be L.A.'s second Norma Desmond? After numerous rumors and months of speculation, a spokesman for "Sunset" confirmed on Friday that Close will leave L.A.'s "Sunset Boulevard" when her contract expires on June 26. According to the current schedule, she won't open at the Minskoff Theater in New York until Nov. 17.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1995
The winners of the Tony Awards for Broadway theater, announced Sunday: * Play: "Love! Valour! Compassion!"
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 1994 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
South Coast Repertory and "Sunset Boulevard" will take home the most awards--although not the most prominent ones--from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards ceremony next month, it was announced Monday. South Coast captured seven of the competitive awards--more than any other single producer. The five for "Sunset Boulevard," including one for star Glenn Close, surpasses the number of awards for any other single production.
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