This delicious production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Ba rber of Fleet Street, a musical thriller of revenge and romance set in Victorian Engla nd, features Broadway diva Patti LuPone as Mrs. Lovett and veteran stage actor George Hear n in the title role. Premiering in 1979, the legendary Sweeney Todd--winner of nine New York Drama Critics Circle Awards and eight Tony Awards--is recorded with the San Fran cisco Symphony as conducted by Rob Fisher. Cast:
Patti LuPone: Mrs. Lovett
George Hearn: Sweeney Todd
Davis Gaines: Anthony Hope
Lisa Vroman: Johanna
Neil Patrick Harris: Tobias Ragg
Timothy Nolen: Judge Turpin
John Aler: Beadle
Victoria Clark: Beggar Woman
Stanford Olsen: Pirelli
The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra's 2001 concert production of Stephen Sondheim's witty shocker is musically superb and (even without scenery) theatrically effective. The performers are in costume and use a few essential props such as Todd's razor, but more than these details the quality of their singing and acting makes this production stand out. It looks like a final seal of approval at the end when Sondheim comes out, smiling, to take a bow.
Sweeney Todd evokes a special balance of horror and comedy because injustice, revenge, and cannibalism are the subjects of its grisly humor, balanced with moments of romantic idealism. George Hearn in the title role and Patti LuPone as the enterprising, utterly amoral pie seller Mrs. Lovett are both brilliant, with an excellent supporting cast. Members of the orchestra are occasionally seen behind the action, but frequent, effective close-up shots of the singers generate a dramatic atmosphere. --Joe McLellan
I saw this in person and am so delighted to be able to have a copy to enjoy again.Published 4 months ago by Joseph D. Driskill
Having read all of the comments on this DVD I just felt like I had to put in my oar. I loved this version to me dispite the lack of costumes or props this is the prefect version. Read morePublished on March 24 2004
This is a very well staged Concert production of Sondheims Sweeney Todd and really proves that music and characters are so strong that no opulent scenery or costumes are... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by Bo V. Rasmussen
I have seen all three versions, Harold Prinze whom introduced it to me personally when he did the 1982 version, but this new version slightly different lacking a set, but only... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by tim donohue
Having seen the Lansbury/Hearn "Sweeney Todd" on VHS, I approached this re-make with a certain reluctance. A mistake on my part. Read morePublished on July 29 2003 by jwalzer
In less than two weeks, after buying both the ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST ALBUM, watching the taped 1982 live performance on VHS (originally aired on PBS and currently out-of-print) and... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2003 by Nate Bush
To: Mark Orell; That little bit that Pirelli sings before he is slain does not have a name; it's technically a reprise of "The Contest" with different words. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2003 by Elise Godfrey
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd.
His skin was pale and his eye was odd.
These are the first words of one of the finest musicals ever written. Read more