SWEENEY TODD CLOSES
On June 29th, 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 as the unfortunate Mrs. Lovett and Victor Garber as Anthony. The musical was well-received, garnering nine Tony nominations of which it won eight (including Best Musical). The success of the show lead to multiple tours and revivals as well as a 2007 film adaptation.
METS TIE CAREER HIGH
On June 29th, 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.
ROBERT EVANS BORN
On June 29th, 1930: Producer Robert Evans was born. A native of the Upper West Side, Evans got his start as an actor, appearing in films such as A Man of a Thousand Faces and The Sun Also Rises. He made the switch to producing in 1968 as the head of production at Paramount studios, then in sad need of a renaissance. As head of production, Evans had a hand in the creation of some of the biggest movies of the 1970’s, including (but not limited to) Rosemary’s Baby, Love Story, and The Godfather. He continues to work, producing more recent movies such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and an HBO miniseries titled The Devil and Sidney Korshak.
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