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Sweeney Todd:The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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oh yes I would love to see phantom burton style.Though I think johnny and Helene would not be able to pull it off. Erik is supposed to be the angel of music I love depp and carter as sweeney and lovette but they are actors not singers.

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I actually think that Johnny Depp and Helena did MARVELOUS in Sweeney Todd.
And, just to boost the odds, I can't exactly say I liked Gerard's voice. Ugh. Sad


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no but isn't he an actor also? I think they have wonderful voices butstill won't be able to pull it off.Christine is an opera singer a soprano. Helena had a mild voice in sweeney todd. I know that mrs.Lovett is supposed to have a more powerful voice in sweeneyand because of that I have heard of people complain.I have no problem with her voice when it is with sweeney because the singing though good is a small part of the plot and thus does not take away from it. Phantom on the other hand is centered on opera and music. I would love to see her hit some operatic scales that will tell me other wise.

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I think they would be good in a non-musical version, as well.
Like, similar to the Claude Raines version. We have to remember, there is more to POTO than the ALW version.

In regards to Sweeney Todd, and all of the people who have complaints with Helena and Johnny's performances (And there are a LOT that I have read- and it IRKS ME beyond no end!) Tim Burton did the right thing hiring ACTORS who SING rather than SINGERS who ACT, because when you hire someone exclusively for the voice, it can be backlash later when they are trying to act.
Not saying that POTO or Sweeney Todd are examples of this, but, Helena and Johnny are versatile actors, and I think they did good with the Sondheim music which, I know from experience, can be hard to master.

But, Sondheim was involved in casting, so, he apparently liked their voices. Tim didn't just recycle them like he usually does (Corpse Bride, From Hell, etc. etc. that have had either one or both of them starring). He picked them and then Sondheim agreed. Very Happy


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I'm seeing it tomorrow at 8:00 ! Very Happy

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I can't say I really cared for the film version of it. It was a tad too cartoon-like for my personal tastes.

But "Sweeney Todd" is one of my favorite musicals...and my second favorite Sondheim work.

I saw the John Doyle revival on Broadway and absolutely loved it...though Patti Lupone didn't impress me. I enjoyed the spartan staging and especially liked Michael Cerveris, Mark Jacoby, Lauren Molina, and Manoel Feliciano in their respective roles as Sweeney, Judge Turpin, Johanna, and Toby.

I first got interested in "Sweeney Todd" after hearing the song "Johanna." That, along with "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," remains my favorite song in the show.

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I did not like the revival at all. I saw it once and went back two more times. I loved Patti, hated Michael. I like a less sinister Sweeney (though he is half...well, 3/4 mad!) with HAIR. Michael was not my cup of tea.
Patti was nice, but I think if they had done better staging (i.e., actual sets and props) it would have been better. And while clever, I hated the actor-musician idea. It ruined interaction. And I SO love the normal giant "box" for upstairs/downstairs which this lacked.
Just not a fan of the revival. The 2001 concert was awesome though!
In the revival, it may seem petty but my biggest annoyance was no dough for Worst Pies. WTF? I LOVE that scene, and without dough, it did not work!


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I saw the movie since I disappeared from this site, and I really liked it. Well, not so much the ending, but I could see that one coming from the start. And I'm not sure I'll ever look at Alan Rickman the same again. But all that aside, I loved the music and the whole thing was really entertaining. I'd like to see it on stage if I had the chance. 

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What was wrong with the ending?


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I think she means that it was just sad. I normally too don't like it when just about every relavant character dies.

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Thats how the musical was, though. On stage it was so sad. Poor Angela Lansbury.
I love her so much.
In the revival though, instead of an oven death, Patti LuPone had her throat cut which ruined the ironic death of a BAKER in an OVEN.


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Viscountess duBois wrote:I think she means that it was just sad. I normally too don't like it when just about every relavant character dies.

Yeah, that's what I didn't like. But I had the feeling that was going to happen. It just had that type of story that could only end in death.

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RedDeath wrote:In the revival though, instead of an oven death, Patti LuPone had her throat cut which ruined the ironic death of a BAKER in an OVEN.
Seriously?! Why on earth did they think that would be a good idea?
I love the revival recording though, especially Patti. I wish they had tranfered to London, I'd love to have seen it live.


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EarlCarpenterFan wrote:
RedDeath wrote:In the revival though, instead of an oven death, Patti LuPone had her throat cut which ruined the ironic death of a BAKER in an OVEN.
Seriously?! Why on earth did they think that would be a good idea?
I love the revival recording though, especially Patti. I wish they had tranfered to London, I'd love to have seen it live.
Mainly because Patti still had to play her instruments despite being dead, I think. Throwing her into an oven would'nt have worked in that sense but still...
I wasn't fond of Michael either.
I have a video of the production if anyone wants me to post it Smile


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That'd be interesting indeed.

I love Patti personally, not too fond of Angela. I think she acts way too much with her voice for me to really enjoy her.

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I think Angela is very unique. As Mrs Lovett shes very over the top, but I think it works. Her interpretation is weird, but in a good way I think. Smile
Patti is so interesting to watch. I'd do anything to go to Broadway and see her live in Gypsy.
I wish they would revive it in London. We need some Sondheim in the West End...rather than all these reality TV casts and jukebox musicals.


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This is coming to Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, NY April 10th-11th, and I'm seeing the 11th matinee!!

Will post a review as soon as I can!
I got the tickets for my birthday!


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wow! have fun! that's a GREAT gift! I got my Phantom tickets for my adoption aniverery!

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