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Author:  DefyGravityFan [ Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:11 pm ]
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I saw Patti in London in 1993 and Glenn in LA in 1994. Patti was SO much better! I don't know if it was a director's choice or Glenn's, but Glenn's Norma Desmond seemed like such a troll running around on the stage. Not the regal, but washed-up, actress that Norma was supposed to be.

Patti seemed to portray the character so much more!

Author:  Salome [ Mon Nov 06, 2006 7:08 pm ]
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DefyGravityFan wrote:
I saw Patti in London in 1993 and Glenn in LA in 1994. Patti was SO much better! I don't know if it was a director's choice or Glenn's, but Glenn's Norma Desmond seemed like such a troll running around on the stage. Not the regal, but washed-up, actress that Norma was supposed to be.

Patti seemed to portray the character so much more!


I sawt hem both to. Patti was horrid! she played Patti not Norma. Glenn BECAME Norma.

Patti couldnt carry the role at all plus her diction was so god awful poor.

one of the best choices anyone ever made was firing LuPone before she brought that dreadful performance to thcStates.

Author:  DefyGravityFan [ Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:27 pm ]
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Salome wrote:

I sawt hem both to. Patti was horrid! she played Patti not Norma. Glenn BECAME Norma.

Patti couldnt carry the role at all plus her diction was so god awful poor.

one of the best choices anyone ever made was firing LuPone before she brought that dreadful performance to thcStates.


Guess we'll have to disagree on this one...both my husband and I liked Patti so much more.

Author:  Da_Dark_Dude [ Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:15 am ]
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The Very Angry Woman wrote:
Who's Glen Close?


I'm assuming you're pointing out the misspelling of Glenn, but incase you are thick she played Cruella DeVille in 100 Dalmations

Author:  Hans [ Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:15 pm ]
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I don't like the musical at all, it bores me numb after a few songs, but I nevertheless prefer Glenn Close. It isn't so much the two actresses personally, as it is the entire recording working against LuPone. I also think the text is so wooden that it takes much acting to overcome it. I'm sure LuPone sings adequately, but she isn't able to make the text believable. In that matter, Close struggles too, but at least she makes it come through slightly less inane.

Author:  RTTugger1977 [ Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:05 am ]
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Put me down for a spot on the 'being partial to Diahann Carroll and Betty Buckley' wagon.

Diahann Carroll because I actually saw her as Norma Desmond, and Betty Buckley...well, just because she's Betty Buckley, and the footage I have seen of her as Norma was pretty damn fierce.

Author:  duchessina [ Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:00 pm ]
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I chose Lupone.
I know she's not the better actress, but she sings better then Glenn.

Author:  santtu [ Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:21 am ]
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Glenn Close.

Because great acting can cover not-so-great singing. But great singing doesn't rescue if acting is bad.

Author:  DefyGravityFan [ Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:56 pm ]
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I had the opportunity to see SB with the original cast in London and then again with Glenn Close when it first came out in LA...

Patti gave a great rendition of Norma Desmond....although washed up, it didn't phase her delusional pride...

On the other hand, Glenn Close ran around the stage hunched over 1/2 the time, giving her Norma this "troll-like" quality. My husband, who loved GC in "Barnum," didn't like her rendition of Norma at all. I don't know if this was a director's choice or Glenn's, but it was a bad choice nonetheless.

For me Patti commanded the stage and exemplified ND to the fullest!

Author:  musictheatre00 [ Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:04 pm ]
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I never saw Sunset Blvd., but I saw each of their renditionsof one of the songs from the show, I would have to watch the two again to place in an opinion but I just thought that this points how interesting theatre iswhen it comes to the really talented people, there really isn't one right or wrong way of doing things, and the best performance sometimes has to do with what a person prefers, however, I think the only true way of knowing who did their job is the actor, who knows internally if they are giving their all and focusing hard on their role.

Author:  Salome [ Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:00 pm ]
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DefyGravityFan wrote:
I had the opportunity to see SB with the original cast in London and then again with Glenn Close when it first came out in LA...

Patti gave a great rendition of Norma Desmond....although washed up, it didn't phase her delusional pride...

On the other hand, Glenn Close ran around the stage hunched over 1/2 the time, giving her Norma this "troll-like" quality. My husband, who loved GC in "Barnum," didn't like her rendition of Norma at all. I don't know if this was a director's choice or Glenn's, but it was a bad choice nonetheless.

For me Patti commanded the stage and exemplified ND to the fullest!
Glenn emobided norma.... patti sucked.

Author:  Joseebus [ Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:47 am ]
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Salome wrote:
DefyGravityFan wrote:
I had the opportunity to see SB with the original cast in London and then again with Glenn Close when it first came out in LA...

Patti gave a great rendition of Norma Desmond....although washed up, it didn't phase her delusional pride...

On the other hand, Glenn Close ran around the stage hunched over 1/2 the time, giving her Norma this "troll-like" quality. My husband, who loved GC in "Barnum," didn't like her rendition of Norma at all. I don't know if this was a director's choice or Glenn's, but it was a bad choice nonetheless.

For me Patti commanded the stage and exemplified ND to the fullest!
Glenn emobided norma.... patti sucked.


Militant much?

Glenn embodied SWANSON. Adequate imitation does not equate a successful performance for me. Close is a complete cartoon character in the role, in my opinion.

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