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Emma Thompson to make stage debut as Lovett in the NY Phil's Sweeney Todd

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I have never been a fan. Not excited for this at all. There are so many better and more talented choices.
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OMG

OMG

OMG
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I'm still Shitting my pants.
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yes!! hopefully tickets will be reasonable.
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Immediately... What a horrible choice! Oh God
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I'm still OMG-ing.

I've been watching her films lately. Not so much by dedicating an Emma Thompson Film Festival on my TV, but I kept thinking how underused she is and how brilliant she is as I watch her movies.

I hope she has a worthy Sweeney!
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I'm intrigued by this choice. Obviously, she'll act the heck out of the role. Does anyone have any idea if she can sing (properly would be better)?
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best12bars, it's already been announced that Bryn Terfel will play Sweeney.

Thompson is astonishingly good casting. I cannot wait.
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Musicaldudepeter
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Let's hope she can make the role her own; I imagine with her dry English wit it will be a very different Mrs. Lovett.

Let's also not forget that Thompson was the original Sally in the 1980s London Revival of Me and My Girl opposite Robert Lindsay, and she sings on that recording, and she sings pretty well, so that shouldn't be an issue.

I still don't like the idea. But it's a good gig for her especially with the whole Saving Mr. Banks film coming out, etc.
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Terfel does a decent enough Sweeney. But OMG EMMA THOMPSON.

You are very lucky New Yorkers. I think she'll be magic.
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I'm a fan of her work, but never a particularly avid one. This casting is certainly different from what I was expecting and hoping for, but I do think she has the potential to be really fantastic. It won't stop me from seeing the show, so I'm hopeful that she'll be great.
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I cannot believe they got her! She really should have played the role in the film. She's gonna be ridiculously brilliant! Like they pretty much couldn't have gotten a more appropriate actress for the role; she'll be funny, she'll be scary, she'll be tragic, it'll be perfection.
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She also had a television sketch comedy series in 1988 in the UK called THOMPSON on which she sang regularly including a memorable sketch where she belted "Can That Boy Foxtrot" in a laundromat. Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton and Robbie Coltrane were regulars on the series.
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Guess I'm in the minority in my views, but I am happy everyone else is happy
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qolbinau must be pissed.
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This is pretty exciting, but now I'm just reminded all over again -- and imagine it will be even more painfully clear when he performs alongside Ms. Thompson -- what a boring actor Bryn Terfel is
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I am disappointed but this casting is still somewhat exciting. ACL2006 the tickets have been on sale for a month or two. I will be at the first performance.
Musicaldudepeter
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I'm a little peeved that they didn't go and cast more a singer than actress for a concert production.

On that note - will this production be recorded for TV/DVD/CD?
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I already have tickets. I was excited just to be seeing Bryn Terfel sing Sweeney. But THIS...

This is beyond the beyond.

Beyond the BEYOND the beyond.
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I like her. I think she will play the character really well...I am just unsure if she can sing. I hope she can sing it.
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Let's also not forget that Thompson was the original Sally in the 1980s London Revival of Me and My Girl opposite Robert Lindsay

Thank you. I was certain this wasn't her "stage debut".
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Sometimes living away from NYC makes me sick to my stomach.
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Sublime casting.

She's a great dramatic actress, extraordinarily funny, and she can sing.

It wasn't for nothing that back at Cambridge she was dubbed "Emma Talented" by the likes of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

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