"It's not a comeback--it's a return!" cries Norma Desmond about her misguided efforts to film the life of Salome. Norma, of course, is the heroine of Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder's 1950 film about the gothic underside of Hollywood stardom. Sunset Boulevard made areturn in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1994 stage musical, a near-hit in both its West End and Broadway editions. Although the musical provided a Broadway triumph for leading lady Glenn Close, it was dogged by bad luck; two other stars
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