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Audra McDonald to play Billie Holiday on Broadway

Audra McDonald to play Billie Holiday on Broadway

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Five-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald is to play jazz great Billie Holiday in the Broadway premiere of Lanie Robertson's "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill."
American Theatre Wing to honor Angela Lansbury at fall gala

American Theatre Wing to honor Angela Lansbury at fall gala

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The "Murder, She Wrote" star and stage actor will be honored at New York's Plaza Hotel in September.
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Emma Thompson to co-star in staging of 'Sweeney Todd'

Emma Thompson to co-star in staging of 'Sweeney Todd'

NEW YORK, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- British actress Emma Thompson is to play Mrs. Lovett in a staged production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," the New York Philharmonic said.
Sacha Baron Cohen set for BAFTA LA honor

Sacha Baron Cohen set for BAFTA LA honor

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles says it will honor actor/writer/producer Sacha Baron Cohen at its Britannia Awards this fall.
Depp, Streep may join Disney's 'Into the Woods'

Depp, Streep may join Disney's 'Into the Woods'

BURBANK, Calif., April 26 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Johnny Depp is talking with Walt Disney Studios for a Hollywood version of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical "Into the Woods," Variety reported.
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'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' up for 8 Olivier Awards

'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' up for 8 Olivier Awards

LONDON, March 26 (UPI) -- The stage play "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" led the field with eight when Britain's Olivier Award nominations were announced Tuesday.
Redmayne says Cohen, Carter brought lightness to 'Les Miserables' set

Redmayne says Cohen, Carter brought lightness to 'Les Miserables' set

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- British actor Eddie Redmayne says he and his co-stars of "Les Miserables" had a secret weapon for when the heartbreaking movie musical became too emotionally grueling to bear and they sought a little comedy relief.
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Theater producer Martin Richards dead at 80

Theater producer Martin Richards dead at 80

NEW YORK, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Theater and film producer Martin Richards has died at his Manhattan home, his representatives said. He was 80.
'Matilda' wins 7 Olivier Awards

'Matilda' wins 7 Olivier Awards

LONDON, April 16 (UPI) -- The London stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book "Matilda" has won seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical.
Queen honors Helena Bonham Carter

Queen honors Helena Bonham Carter

LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II has made actress Helena Bonham Carter a commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Concert shows London's love for Sondheim

LONDON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Broadway's Stephen Sondheim says he was thrilled with a concert of his musical hits in London that saluted his 80th birthday.
Tim Burton named Cannes jury head

Tim Burton named Cannes jury head

CANNES, France, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. movie director Tim Burton has agreed to serve as jury head at France's 63rd Cannes film festival, organizers announced Tuesday.
Rep: Johnny Depp death rumor a hoax

Rep: Johnny Depp death rumor a hoax

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp's publicist says online rumors claiming the Hollywood actor died in a car wreck in France during the weekend are untrue.
Campbell-Bower cast in 'Twilight'

Campbell-Bower cast in 'Twilight'

LONDON, March 30 (UPI) -- British newcomer Jamie Campbell-Bower says he has landed the key role of vampire leader Caius in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."
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Sweeney Todd
Actor Johnny Depp, who portrays Sweeney Todd in the motion picture musical crime thriller "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," attends a special screening of the Dreamworks Pictures film at Paramount Studios in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on December 5, 2007. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Sweeney Todd is a fictional character who first appeared as the antagonist of the Victorian penny dreadful The String of Pearls (1846–1847). Claims that Sweeney Todd was a historical person are strongly disputed by scholars, although there are possible legendary prototypes, arguably making the story of Sweeney Todd an early example of an urban legend.

In the original version of the tale, Todd is a barber who dispatches his victims by pulling a lever while they are in his barber chair, which makes them fall backward down a revolving trapdoor into the basement of his shop, generally causing them to break their necks or skulls. Just in case they are alive, he goes to the basement and "polishes them off" (slitting their throats with his straight razor). In some adaptations, the murdering process is reversed, with Todd slitting the throats of his customers before they are dispatched into the basement via the revolving trapdoor. After Todd has robbed his dead victims of their goods, Mrs. Lovett, his partner in crime (in some later versions, his friend and/or lover), assists him in disposing of the bodies by baking their flesh into meat pies, and selling them to the unsuspecting customers of her pie shop. Todd's barber shop is situated at 186 Fleet Street, London, next to St. Dunstan's church, and is connected to Mrs. Lovett's pie shop in nearby Bell Yard by means of an underground passage. In most versions of the story, he and Mrs. Lovett hire an unwitting orphan boy, Tobias Ragg, to serve the pies to customers.

The tale surrounding the character became a staple of Victorian melodrama. Later it was the subject of a 1959 ballet by English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold and, in 1979, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim. Sweeney Todd has also been featured in several films, the most recent being 2007's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, based on the 1979 musical.

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