REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tooting Arts Club)” Opened with a ShowScore of 90

Show-Score | Mar 2, 2017
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tooting Arts Club),” with songs by Stephen Sondheim, a book by Hugh Wheeler, and directed by Bill Buckhurst, opened on March  1, 2017 in New York City. “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tooting Arts Club),” with songs by Stephen Sondheim, a book by Hugh Wheeler, and directed by Bill Buckhurst, opened on March 1, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

26 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 81.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 60
"Delivers on its ingenious, if limited, objective...This 'Sweeney' may raise your pulse rate....Yet unlike almost every previous 'Sweeney' I’ve seen, this one rarely penetrates your heart and mind. What we’re presented with is a self-contained, darkness-steeped spook house. And as with many amusement park entertainments, the jolts it elicits leave few aftershocks...It allows you to squeeze your partner’s arm in delighted anxiety, without paying the price of insomnia to come."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 90
“A thrillingly immersive revival, which takes an already great musical and turns it into a heart-pounding visceral experience…Secomb combines the efficient physicality of a remorseless killer with a truly lovely singing voice…Director Bill Buckhurst excels at drawing out suspense and tension in his staging…Tooting Arts Club's production is full of such memorable surprises. It pulls us into the heart of the story like no other musical playing in New York right now.”
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 95
“This high-concept staging is a bloody wonder…Bill Buckhurst and a hugely talented cast make this site-specific 'Sweeney' seem as natural as pie and mash…In this claustrophobic environment, the horror and madness is palpable…The sonic joys of Sondheim’s richly woven score and the Grand Guignol shocks of this primal tragedy are almost unbearably intense...This thrilling, overwhelming 'Sweeney' is a full-course meal: hot from the oven and dripping blood."

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tooting Arts Club)” was also reviewed by Sandi Durell of Theater Pizzazz, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Breanne L. Heldman of Entertainment Weekly, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Windman of AM New York, and Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 52 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 94.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great staging, Absorbing, Must see, Great acting, Great singing

MattP, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You're an admirer of 'Sweeney Todd' because this staging is unlike any you've seen before. It's clever, fun, intimate and intense. Unforgettable." 
Don't see it if…"You're a purist, or if you don't like immersive theater. And the seating isn't the most comfortable if you're the fidgety type." 
GirlFriday, ShowScore: 96
See it if…"You're seeking an immersive play that involves some audience interaction, an intimate pie-shop setting, and some surprising dark humor. Remarkable!"
Don't see it if…"You dislike ghoulish dark humor; are squeamish about sensitive topics like murder and cannibalism; dislike musicals or audience interaction."
hw, ShowScore: 88
See it if…"You want to experience an up-close, intimate version of a great work, especially if you can sit at the end of a row. The staging is ingenious."
Don't see it if…"You can't bear stage violence, or being in very close proximity to performers who may engage you."

See the Show Page with all critic and member reviews.


Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.

Read this next…