Showtune Sunday: Betty Buckley, John Barrowman & cast of “Sunset Boulevard” at 1994 Olivier Awards
Have never seen this before and what a thrill to come upon it. It is a performance by the London Cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard at the 1994 Olivier Awards. It kicks off with a young, dreamy and oh-so-talented John Barrowman which leads to the production’s Norma Desmond, Betty Buckley. It seems like a role tailor made for Miss Buckley who also went on to play it on Broadway where she took over for Glenn Close. The London production originally starred Patti LuPone as Norma. LuPone starred for a year and had a contract to take the role to Broadway. When Close, the star of the Los Angeles production, was chosen over LuPone for New York, the great star trashed her dressing room in London then sued. She received a $1 million settlement.