Emma Thompson is going to be baking the worst pies in
London New York City! The Oscar and Emmy winner is set to make her New York stage debut as the meat-pie-making Mrs. Lovett in the New York Philharmonic's previously announced production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Starring Grammy winner Bryn Terfel as the titular demon barber, the show will run from March 5 through 8, 2014 at Avery Fisher Hall.
With music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Wheeler, Sweeney Todd follows a wronged barber who takes to slitting throats while seeking revenge on the corrupt judge who destroyed his life and family. The concert production will be conducted by Alan Gilbert and directed by Lonny Price, who also directed the Philharmonic’s 2000 staging of Sweeney Todd, starring Tony winners George Hearn and Patti LuPone.
Thompson received Academy Awards for starring in Howard's End and for her screenplay of Sense and Sensibility. She will soon appear opposite Tom Hanks in the upcoming film Saving Mr. Banks. Her many film credits include Beautiful Creatures, The Remains of the Day, Love Actually, An Education, Nanny McPhee, Last Chance Harvey, Brideshead Revisited, numerous Harry Potter films, Wit and Angels in America.
Sweeney Todd first opened on Broadway in 1979, directed by Harold Prince and starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury. The show received eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. The show was most recently revived on Broadway in 2005. The production, directed by John Doyle, starred Tony winner Michael Cerveris as the title character and LuPone as his pie-making accomplice, Mrs. Lovett. Tim Burton's 2007 film adaptation of the popular musical starred Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.