What’s it like working with Emma Thompson? Bryn Terfel, Christian Borle and more of her “Sweeney Todd” cast members explain.

Tune in to PBS on September 26 to see “Sweeney Todd” in concert with the New York Philharmonic on Live from Lincoln Center. Check your local listings.

Lincoln Center’s Milstein Reflecting Pool and Terrace pool aglow during last night’s Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace.

Lincoln Center’s Milstein Reflecting Pool and Terrace pool aglow during last night’s Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace.

"More hot pies!" Catch Sondheim’s iconic musical thriller Sweeney Todd on Live From Lincoln Center in one week on PBS. Check local listings.

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace: Sunday, Sept. 21

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This weekend, come to Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza to take part in the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace event, coinciding with the International Day of Peace and the opening of the U.N. General Assembly. Civic, interfaith and community leaders, along with New Yorkers and visitors of all ages, will have an opportunity to share messages for our collective quest for peace with lantern floating, live music and cultural performances at one of the most iconic settings in New York City. Artists from Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City Ballet, the Juilliard School and more will perform. At sunset, hundreds of the LED candle-lighted paper lanterns will be floated on the water, illuminating Hearst Plaza in a uniquely captivating visual experience.


Float a lantern and share your message for peace. More information here: http://www.bealightforpeace.org/


Watch what happened when Stephen Sondheim surprised Bryn Terfel, Christian Borle, Philip Quast, and the rest of the cast of “Sweeney Todd” by attending the performance. Plus, hear how he coached them in their roles.

Tune in to PBS on September 26 to see “Sweeney Todd” in concert with the New York Philharmonic on Live from Lincoln Center. Check your local listings: http://bit.ly/PBSListings

Peter Sellars, director of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s presentation of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, was awarded the prestigious Polar Music Prize earlier this year for his significant contributions to the world of music. In his acceptance speech from the ceremony in August, he spoke about the importance of music, explaining "music is what holds the world together.”

"Somebody Come and Play" Sesame Street Exhibit at Lincoln Center

In honor of Sesame Street’s 45th anniversary, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center is presenting a special exhibit to celebrate everyone’s favorite children’s television program. The multi-sensory and multi-media exhibit will feature replicas of the Sesame Street lampposts and stoops, props and costumes, original sketches of characters, and even Ernie’s rubber duckie. Come and play in this new exhibit, opening today and running through January 2015. http://bit.ly/NYPLSSatLC

LC Kitchen: New restaurant at Avery Fisher Hall

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Now open! There’s a new restaurant at Lincoln Center located in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall: Lincoln Center Kitchen. The new eatery features American comfort food, such as wild mushroom popovers, crispy baby chicken and crab cakes. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1rfdN4z

First Look at Sweeney Todd’s “God, That’s Good!” (Entertainment Weekly)

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entertainmentweekly has an exclusive first look at the coming Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of the nyphil staging of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Here’s a clip of Emma Thompson (Mrs. Lovett) and company singing “God, That’s Good!” (and pay attention for Audra McDonald cameo).  Watch her sling human meat pies and enjoy!

Tune-in to PBS on September 26 (check local listings)

(Photo: Chris Lee/New York Philharmonic)

This Day in Lincoln Center History

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September 16: On this day in 1966, the Metropolitan Opera House opened at Lincoln Center, presenting Samuel Barber’s “Antony and Cleopatra.”