WEEK IN WOMEN: Glenn Close to Star in SUNSET BOULEVARD Musical – Brandy McDonnell reports

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The eighth time might be the charm for Glenn Close at the 2020 Academy Awards.

The seven-time Oscar nominee will star in Paramount’s big-screen version of the Broadway musical adaptation of the screen classic Sunset Boulevard, reprising the role she’s played twice on Broadway in productions that were more than 20 years apart.

Close will playing Norma, a role she portrayed when the musical hit Broadway in 1994, winning her third Tony Award. She again took on the part to great acclaim in a 2016 revival that played both London and New York.

Tony-winning choreographer Rob Ashford, currently represented on Broadway as choreographer of Disney’s Frozen musical, is attached to direct. Ashford won a Tony for best choreography for 2002’s Thoroughly Modern Millie and earned Tony nods for the musicals The Wedding Singer, Curtains, Cry-Baby, Promises, Promises and Evita.

The musical features a score by Lloyd Webber, with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. The original production won seven Tonys in all, including best musical, book and original score. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.