PLAYBILL PICKS: Fantasy Casting, 11 Diva Performances We'd Love to Have Seen

By Playbill Staff
28 Dec 2012

 Liza Minnelli in Sunset Boulevard


 Most of our favorites actually had the chance to play the ill-fated Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical take on Billy Wilder's classic film, but had the musical come along in the 80s, we would have loved to have seen triple-threat Liza Minnelli tackle the role of the former silent-screen star. With her large eyes and expressive features, Minnelli would have been a natural for the demands of the silent screen, and we would have loved to have heard how she would've brought "With One Look" and "As If We Never Said Goodbye" to full, exciting life. And, can't you just picture Minnelli in full Desmond drag insisting, "And, now, Mr. DeMille, I am ready for my close-up!"