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Is there anything Emma Thompson CAN'T do???
That's a serious question!
The multiple Academy Award-winning actress enchanted and impressed a jaded New York City audience on Thursday night not just with her superb acting skills but also with her equally superb singing voice!!!!!
The internationally adored Brit stars as Mrs. Lovett in the New York Philharmonic's production of Stephen Sondheim's classic Sweeney Todd, which has just three shows left! Do whatever you have to and MAKE SURE you get tickets to see this!!!!!!
We have never heard Emma Thompson sing before and she doesn't just sing well for a famous actor/Hollywood type. She more than holds her own with Broadway greats! And there were plenty in this production!
Our future boyfriend, Joy Armstrong Johnson, whom we previously saw in Hands On A Hardbody, was even better in Sweeney! Christian Borle was great, as he usually is! And….
Audra McDonald was a surprise cast addition as the Beggar Woman and she was supremely amazing! Her talent is on a whole other level!
Also a pleasant surprise was Bryn Terfel in the title role! He is a world-famous opera singer, but we were unsure of his acting chops - especially in an English production with dialogue. He was great!
Another pleasant surprise was Emma Thompson's tour-de-force comedic performance! Never before has Mrs. Lovett been so funny!
And yet another pleasant surprise was that this production, which we thought was going to be a concert version of the show, was so much more than that!
The actors didn't perform at podiums with binders in front of them. Each one had all their parts fully memorized and the show was fully staged - with costumes and props and the works!
What was also exceptionally special was hearing this iconic Sondheim score with the entire New York Philharmonic playing on stage with the actors! Exquisite!
And also exceptionally special was the augmented vocal chorus, much larger than you'd see in a traditional Broadway mounting of Sweeney.
Such lush sounds!
Such great singing!
Such great acting!
Such a great time!