Had one of those magical only-in-Manhattan days today. Starting the day very early in line for "Wall to Wall Sondheim" a 12 hour extravaganza @ Symphony Space on the Upper West Side. A free event so you know it was a madhouse and the wait was looooooong. Spent two and a half hours freezing outside than three and a half hours inside listening to selections from the most impressive songbook of, well, practically anyone ever. We had the early morning session which had Into the Woods, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and A Little Night Music in heavy rotation.
But for the purposes of this blog I just wanted to note that during the interview with Sondheim he did talk about the upcoming Sam Mendes directedSweeney Todd movie. Sondheim complemented the script (by Jon Logan of The Aviator fame) and Sam Mendes. He went on to say that they (Logan and Mendes) had a very specific idea about Sweeney Todd 'not just structural' --Sondheim obviously knew way more than he was telling---and than he said that the film was now in the hands of an actor that they all hope will do it. Of course he failed to name the actor so now my little brain is scanning all major male stars (who else would you put your important project "in the hands of") with musical ability who might appeal to studios, Sondheim, and Mendes. It's a tough guessing game.
Any one have an idea who it might be?