Buckley Joins N.Y. ‘Sunset’ In July

Betty Buckley, currently starring in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard,” will be taking over the lead role from Glenn Close on Broadway next July, sources close to the production said Feb. 10.

The sources said Buckley will replace Close July 4. Buckley, who won glowing reviews when she took over the Norma Desmond role from the less well-received Patti Lupone, was considered the likely choice to step in for Close. But Close’s exit date had until now been up in the air.

The sources said an official announcement will be made next Wednesday.

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