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Emma Thompson To Make Broadway Debut In Sweeney Todd

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10/12/2013 11:40 am
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Emma Thompson To Make Broadway Debut In Sweeney Todd

Alexa Frankovitch

Staff Writer

Academy Award-winning actress and screenwriter, Emma Thompson, will be adding yet another talent to her résumé as she takes to the Broadway stage next spring. Thompson will be starring as Mrs. Lovett in the New York Philharmonic’s production of Steven Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This will be Thompson’s debut on the Great White Way. Set in Victorian London, this award-winning musical tells the tale of a barber seeking vengeance upon the horrible world in which he lives. With the help of his landlady and local bakery owner, Mrs. Lovett, the duo murder his customers and then bake their bodies into meat pies. These pies are then fed to the city’s unknowing citizens. While the plot may seem dark and disgusting, the show is truly a magical tale that will leave the audience on the edge of their seats the whole way through. Thompson will be following in the footsteps of the original star, Angela Lansbury, as well as her successor Patti LuPone, and Helena Bonham Carter, who played the part in Tim Burton’s film version. Fans will have to be quick though as the production is only playing five shows, beginning on March 5, 2014 (which is also the date of the Philharmonic’s Spring Gala) and running until March 8. Bryn Terfel will co-star as the title character, and Lonny Price will direct. For those of you unable to get to NYC in March, you can catch Thompson on the silver screen at the end of the year. The actress can next be seen in the film, Saving Mr. Banks, as Mary Poppins author, PL Travers. Thompson stars alongside Tom Hanks who will be playing Walt Disney. The film is set to be released in the US and UK on December 20, 2013.


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