Monday, March 24, 2008

A Bloody Good Time

Went to the Ahmanson Theater on Saturday night to see the touring production of "Sweeney Todd" as re-envisioned by John Doyle. This is the ingenious version of "Sweeney Todd" where the ten members of the cast double as the orchestra, playing instruments while singing and speaking their roles.

Having seen this show on Broadway a couple of years ago I couldn't help but compare the two productions. In NYC the cast was lead by Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris in astonishing performances.

Fortunately, Judy Kaye and David Hess are both excellent and, when it comes down to it, this Sondheim show is so strong it would be hard to ruin it.
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