Lansbury Injures Knee at Hollywood Bowl Sondheim Concert
According to Variety, the theatre legend tripped over a cable while en route to the stage to take a final bow at the Friday concert; she will undergo knee replacement surgery this Thursday. Fortunately, the injury isn't too serious, with Lansbury stating that it was "scary, but I was more embarrassed." The star will face a month's physical therapy after a hospitalization period of 5 days. She had previously hurt her left knee in 1991.
Lansbury, who originated the role of Mrs. Lovett in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (a show for which she won her fourth Tony), sang "A Little Priest" with original Sweeney Len Cariou at the concert; the two stopped the show with the ghoulishly funny duet.
Lansbury also garnered Tony Awards for her performances in Mame, Dear World and Gypsy. She had previously collaborated with Sondheim for 1964's Anyone Can Whistle. Other Broadway appearances include Hotel Paradiso, A Taste of Honey, The King and I, a 1983 revival of Mame, and A Little Family Business. A long-time film star, her screen credits include National Velvet, The Harvey Girls, The Court Jester, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, The World of Henry Orient, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and The Pirates of Penzance; she received Oscar nods for her performances in Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Manchurian Candidate. Lansbury starred in the title role of Jerry Herman's telemusical Mrs. Santa Clause, but is best known to TV audiences for her role as detective Jessica Fletcher on "Murder, She Wrote."