Sunset Boulevard originally premiered in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre in 1993, where it ran for almost four years and played to nearly two million people. The American premiere was at the Shubert Theatre in Century City, Los Angeles, in December 1993, starring Glenn Close as Norma. The musical was an instant success and played 369 performances before moving to Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre in 1994 with, what was then, the biggest advance in Broadway history, at $37.5million. The Great White Way production went on to win seven 1995 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for Close. She returned to the role two decades later in a much-lauded revival first staged at the London Coliseum, which is now playing at Broadway’s Palace Theatre. Sunset Boulevard has toured the U.S., U.K. and played engagements around the world, including Germany, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden and South Africa. An acclaimed scaled-down production at Newbury’s Watermill Theatre in 2008 later transferred to the West End.