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Nicole Scherzinger to star in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ on Broadway in the fall

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Jamie Lloyd’s radically reimagined cover of “Sunset Boulevard,” in which Nicole Scherzinger plays late film star Norma Desmond, will come to Broadway this fall after an enthusiastic run in London.

Earlier this month, the recovery took place appointed for 11 Olivier Awards, including Best Musical Revival, Best Actress in a Musical for Scherzinger and Best Director for Lloyd. The Broadway production is scheduled to begin previews on September 28, then open October 20 at the St. James Theater.

The musical, a dark thriller based on a 1950 Billy Wilder film, features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton; Glenn Close starred in the two previous Broadway productions, in 1994 and 2017. (The stage role was originated by Patti LuPone in London; the film starred Gloria Swanson.)

Lloyd, a British theater maker, has carved out a distinctive niche for himself by staging highly stripped-down productions of classics with a focus on psychological drama. THE new productionwho ended his Race in London in January, is stripped down in many ways: two songs have been cut, there are no grand staircases or turbans, and Scherzinger doesn’t even wear shoes.

“It’s much more of a psychological and emotional journey than huge, elaborate sets,” Lloyd said in an interview. “It’s really a kind of psychological chamber piece.”

The series, set in mid-century Los Angeles, tells the story of a forgotten star of the silent film era who hooks up with a young aspiring screenwriter in hopes of reviving her career.

Scherzinger, 45, has had a varied entertainment background — as a musician, actress and TV talent show judge. Critic Matt Wolf, review the London production for the New York Times, called it Scherzinger’s “career-defining performance”; the New York production will be its Broadway debut.

“I guess I’ve been waiting for this my whole life,” Scherzinger, who studied theater in high school and college, said in an interview. “I can’t believe this is finally about to happen.”

Scherzinger, who was born in Hawaii and raised in Kentucky, said she was eager to try out for the role again in the United States. She said she would put the script aside for a few months — she just spent three weeks with her grandparents in Hawaii — before diving back into the character.

“I’ll be back in America, back home, and I’ll want to try to improve my game even more,” she said. “There are some places where I can make stronger choices, and I’m excited to play with that to see where it can go – it’s great to be able to explore even more and go deeper.”

Scherzinger, who said she has committed to playing the role for nine months, will be joined on Broadway by her three Olivier-nominated co-stars, Tom Francis, Grace Hodgett-Young and David Thaxton.

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