Therein lies the irony about that debacle. Wouldn't she be ideal? No matter how arch, no matter how recycled the elements of previous performances? I wonder how far afield she went, musically, to destroy the chance? I recall some people saying she simply didn't create box office. So they used the performance issue. Who knows? I don't know if the advance dried up when Close wound up. The production was massive -- we all know -- a replica of b'way. So the decision to close it down seems odd, if it's all laid at Dunaway's feet, er, vocal chords (if she had pulled big bucks, wouldn't they let her play it 3 months and find one of the scores of Normas who played it later?) I imagine it was money. If she talked it, somewhere between Harrison and Bacall, it might've been riveting. I've always wanted to hear from a cast mate. She must've rehearsed with a Joe and a Max.
Did the LA set move to Broadway? Maybe I'm answering my own question.