SWEENEY TODD CLOSES
On June 29, 1980: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street closed after 557 performances. The original cast featured Len Cariou as the title figure, as well as Angela Lansbury. The musical was well-received, garnering nine Tony nominations of which it won eight (including Best Musical). The success of the show led to multiple tours, revivals, as well as a 2007 film adaptation.
METS TIE CAREER HIGH
On June 29, 1990: The Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds at Shea Stadium four to two. Led by starting pitcher Bob Ojeda, and helped by a home run hit by Darryl Strawberry, this win was their eleventh straight victory of the season. This streak echoed earlier winning spells in 1969, 1972, and 1986, all of which also topped out at eleven.
On June 29, 1930: Producer Robert Evans was born. An Upper West Side native, Evans appeared in films such as A Man of a Thousand Faces and The Sun Also Rises. As head of production at Paramount, Evans helped create some of the biggest movies of the 1970’s, including Rosemary’s Baby, Love Story, and The Godfather. His more recent work includes How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and The Devil and Sidney Korshak.