Coming off her acclaimed performance as the ornery P.L. Travers in
Thompson plays Mrs. Lovett, the worst pie-maker in London, opposite operatic bass-baritone
"Sweeney Todd" kicked off on Wednesday at Avery Fisher Hall and is scheduled to run only through Saturday. The production will air on
"Sweeney Todd," which is directed by
This isn't Thompson's first time acting on stage in the U.S. In 1990, she performed at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in repertory productions of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "King Lear."
The productions were in partnership with
In her native Britain, Thompson has performed in numerous comedy productions as well as a 1984 West End production of the musical "Me and My Girl."
Thompson has been earning mostly raves for "Sweeney" in early reviews. The Guardian critic wrote that "Thompson runs off with the show.... Her voice is silky one moment, brassy the next; it helps that the role is perfect for an imperfect voice."
A critic for the New York Post wrote that Thompson "nails all of the role's comic elements" but "she lacks Mrs. Lovett's street sass... [and] comes across as a little too refined. Still, you can't say she's boring."
The New York Philharmonic mounted a concert version of "Sweeney Todd" in 2000 with LuPone and George Hearn.