Michael Xavier in Sunset Boulevard (Photo: Joan Marcus) Hugh Jackman's Big Break The original Australian production opened in October 1996 at Melbourne’s newly restored Regent Theatre, starring Debra Byrne as Norma and Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, as Joe. Glenn Close as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (Photo: Nick Wall) Echoes in GUMSHOE After Andrew Lloyd Webber first saw the movie in the early 1970s, he was inspired to pen a title song for a stage adaptation, echoes of which ended up in his film score for Gumshoe. Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard (Photo: Joan Marcus) The legendary Harold Prince... …at one point had the theatrical rights to Sunset Boulevard. Elaine Paige... …performed “Just One Glance,” an early version of “With One Look,” at Lloyd Webber’s 1991 wedding reception. Paige finally made her Broadway debut in 1994, succeeding Betty Buckley as Norma Desmond. Both actresses also played the role in London.