There has been talk that a film based off the musical version of “Sunset Boulevard” is in the works. However, creator of the show, Andrew Lloyd Webber has been trying to make it happen for years, but has had complications with the movie company Paramount, since they own the rights to the original 1950’s version of the movie.
I have not seen the musical and my parents gave it negative reviews when they saw it years ago. I have heard the title song and have become very picky about the way it is sung. I have come to enjoy only two versions of the song, the voices belonging to John Barrowman and Michael Ball.
Norma is the main role of this musical. She is a former silent film star who did not continue working when sound movies were invented. During the course of the show she is trying to send her movie script to Paramount Studios.
LuPone originated the role on West End (London) and has been a fan
favorite since then. She still does concerts and is a Tony winning actress. I cannot think of anyone better to portray Norma on screen.
Close was the original actress to play Norma in Los Angeles and on Broadway (New York). She is set to revise the role in the 2016 West End revival. It is well known in the theatre community she is the top choice if the musical is made into a movie.
This is a role Close is well-known for in the theatre community and there are some fans who would love to see her play Norma on screen. She has experience in “Sunset Boulevard,” is a big name and she can sing. She would be great.
Joe is one of few main characters in the musical. He is a script writer who works for Paramount Studios and happens to stumble among Nora one night. She has him go over her script, which he cannot save, it is so awful, but he attempts to and ends up staying with the older woman while living a life of luxury.
Joe is the one who sings the title song and as I have stated previously, I only enjoy John Barrowman and Michael Ball‘s versions of it. Both men portrayed the role in London and Barrowman has recorded the song on several of his albums.
Tveit is a popular actor in the television and musical theatre industry. While he has never played the role, he could probably nail the title song. He has a great voice and is a fantastic actor.
Betty is Joe’s love interest in the musical, who is engaged to a man named Artie. She works at Paramount Studios and is a writer as well.
Kaley Ann Voorhees
There are quite a few actress I feel could play this part, but in the end my top choice would be Voorhess. She was an alternate for the role of Christine in “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway and recently co-stared with many others in “The Prince of Broadway” in Japan. She has a phenomenal voice and would be perfect for the role.