on May 30, 2006
The musical revival of Sweeney Todd has been getting fantastic reviews across publications. I was very much looking forward to seeing the show. I knew some of the songs, and have enjoyed music by Stephen Sondheim in other shows.The plot line of the show involves a deranged barber who selectively murders his clientele by slicing their throats with his straight razor. Although there is some comedy inherent to the music, the show mostly uses a very dark interpretation of the story. This show is definitely not a traditional, fun-loving musical. You should check out some of the photos online if you're not sure if it's for you.It is a wonderfully orchestrated show, with the cast skillfully moving between dialog, singing, and playing various instruments. Most of the cast is on stage for the entire show. The actress who plays Johanna is so convincing that I sometimes wondered if she truly was acting, or if she herself suffered from some sort of mental illness.Sweeney Todd is in a relatively small theater, so most seats are good. However, this show relies on subtle facial expressions which would be best viewed near the center aisles toward the front of the theater.
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