Glenn Close Takes Final Bow on Sunset Boulevard

Norma Desmond is finished with her close-up.
Sunday evening, June 25, three-time Tony Award-winner Glenn Close took her final bow as “Norma Desmond” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece, Sunset Boulevard.  Close originated the role on Broadway in 1994, winning her a Tony Award and critical acclaim.
Theater Pizzazz's JK Clarke was on hand to photograph the emotional event.
After making her West End debut in bravura sold-out limited engagement at the English National Opera (ENO) in April 2016, winning an Evening Standard Award, Close made a triumphant return to Broadway for a limited engagement.





Andrew Lloyd Webber's Farewell & Thanks to Glenn


After the initial curtain call, Sunset Boulevard creator Andrew Lloyd Webber who was in the audience to see Close’s final performance in this iconic role, entered stage left with a sumptuous bouquet of red roses. Hugs and tears abounded.





Curtain Call


This being the final performance, even the curtain call was electric, with visibly emotional actors beaming with pride at having shared the stage with Close in such a legendary musical.




Glenn's Farewell


After what appeared at first to be the end of the curtain calls and farewells, Close called the cast and crew onto the stage. Someone even brought her dog, whom she said was so comfortable at the theater he wasn't fazed by the throngs bursting with applause.


Close gave an emotional thank you speech, surely caught on countless iPhones and available somewhere online.


Finally, Close took one last bow and the critically acclaimed 2017 production of Sunset Park turned off the lights and opened the doors one last time.




Photos by JK Clarke