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September 18, 2005 | Don Shirley
MUSICIANS sometimes have to choose between playing an instrument and singing. But the revival of "Sweeney Todd" scheduled to open on Broadway on Nov. 3 offers hope that they can do it all. The actors and the musicians in this "Sweeney" will be the same 10 people. They'll sing, they'll act, and they'll perform Stephen Sondheim's musical numbers minus a pit band and even a conductor. Michael Cerveris, in the title role of a murderous barber in 19th century London, will play the guitar.
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September 18, 2005 | Don Shirley
MUSICIANS sometimes have to choose between playing an instrument and singing. But the revival of "Sweeney Todd" scheduled to open on Broadway on Nov. 3 offers hope that they can do it all. The actors and the musicians in this "Sweeney" will be the same 10 people. They'll sing, they'll act, and they'll perform Stephen Sondheim's musical numbers minus a pit band and even a conductor. Michael Cerveris, in the title role of a murderous barber in 19th century London, will play the guitar.
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May 19, 2004 | Chris Pasles
Los Angeles Opera's plans to present Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" in May 2005 have been derailed, officials said Tuesday. A film adaptation of "Todd," to be directed by "American Beauty" Oscar winner Sam Mendes, is in pre-production, and all theatrical performance rights to it have been withdrawn. Bryn Terfel, who was scheduled to sing the title role, will still be here, however. He will instead sing the title role of Verdi's "Falstaff" in a revival of the 1990 L.A. Opera production.
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May 19, 2004 | Chris Pasles
Los Angeles Opera's plans to present Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" in May 2005 have been derailed, officials said Tuesday. A film adaptation of "Todd," to be directed by "American Beauty" Oscar winner Sam Mendes, is in pre-production, and all theatrical performance rights to it have been withdrawn. Bryn Terfel, who was scheduled to sing the title role, will still be here, however. He will instead sing the title role of Verdi's "Falstaff" in a revival of the 1990 L.A. Opera production.
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October 8, 1989 | BARBARA ISENBERG
Jerome Hellman, the Academy Award-winning producer of such films as "Coming Home" and "Midnight Cowboy," traces his new venture as theater producer back to an evening when he and his wife, photographer Nancy Ellison, were listening to Sting's album ". . . Nothing Like the Sun." They started talking about what a terrific Mack the Knife the rock star would make in "Three Penny Opera."
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November 15, 1995 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Master Class" was at the head of the class of the 1995 Ovation Awards, presented Monday at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Terrence McNally's portrait of opera diva Maria Callas' session with three young students, seen earlier this year at the Mark Taper Forum and now on Broadway, won six Ovations, including best play in a larger theater and honors for its star Zoe Caldwell and featured actress Audra McDonald. East West Players' revival of "Sweeney Todd" took home five Ovations.
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October 8, 1989 | BARBARA ISENBERG
Jerome Hellman, the Academy Award-winning producer of such films as "Coming Home" and "Midnight Cowboy," traces his new venture as theater producer back to an evening when he and his wife, photographer Nancy Ellison, were listening to Sting's album ". . . Nothing Like the Sun." They started talking about what a terrific Mack the Knife the rock star would make in "Three Penny Opera."
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