LuPone and Lloyd Webber Reach Settlement in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Dispute
NEW YORK (AP) _ Patti LuPone and Andrew Lloyd Webber have reached a settlement in their dispute over the performer’s contract to appear in the Broadway production of ″Sunset Boulevard,″ her lawyer announced Tuesday.
LuPone was replaced last February by Glenn Close as the star of next season’s Broadway production which opens Nov. 17 at the Minskoff Theater.
Details of the agreement between LuPone and the Really Useful Group, Lloyd Webber’s management company, were not released, attorney John Breglio said.
″I regret the circumstances which led to this situation, and I am happy to see it ended,″ Lloyd Webber said in a statement.
There has been speculation that it might cost the English composer $1 million or more to buy LuPone out of her contract.
″The Really Useful Group has been very fair to Patti in resolving this matter, and we are satisfied with the outcome,″ Breglio said.
Close is currently starring in the Los Angeles company of the show which opened in December. She received rave reviews from critics including Vincent Canby in The New York Times. LuPone’s notices in London, where the show opened last July, were mixed. The American critics were especially unenthusiastic.
LuPone left the show in April. Betty Buckley took over the role of aging screen goddess Norma Desmond in the musical, which is a stage version of Billy Wilder’s classic film.
″I will always take pride in having created the role of Norma Desmond on the musical stage,″ LuPone said. ″Now it is time to get on with the rest of my life.″
The actress currently is on an extended Caribbean vacation, but plans appearances at the Hollywood Bowl in California over the Fourth of July weekend.