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re: Glenn would not, i'm sure, be playing Norma AS 75
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 03:39 pm EDT 04/16/21
In reply to: Glenn would not, i'm sure, be playing Norma AS 75 - Chazwaza 12:57 pm EDT 04/16/21

***The only reason to think you can't change this line is because it doesn't match up with the assumption of what age Norma would have been when she was a silent film star.***

First of all, that's not the only reason, no matter how many times you keep repeating that it is. But also.....

*** I don't think the majority of audiences will know this, think this, or care about the idea that she would have been a star in her 20s and not 30s, for example."

If the original screenwriters did not feel it was an important facet of the character that Norma was very young when she started in silent pictures, they would not have included that info as imparted by Max -- and if the creators of the musical did not also feel it was important, they would not have retained those lines. When we recently interviewed Petula Clark for our "This Week on Broadway" podcast, she told us how she made a point of playing the final scene of SUNSET BOULEVARD as if Norma had regressed to a state of sweet, childlike innocence. She said she really wanted to play the mad scene that way, so that, for a moment, the audience could see Norma as she used to be, and as Max once knew her. I'm including a link to the podcast here, for those who might like to hear it.
Link Petula Clark, "This Week on Broadway" - 02/28/2021
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