Already closed | 2h 45m | West Village

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tooting Arts Club)

From 799 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

About the show

Tooting Arts Club's immersive staging of Sondheim and Wheeler’s iconic musical thriller transfers from London to NYC's Barrow Street Theatre. Now starring Tony nominee Carolee Carmello. More…

After being wrongfully imprisoned by the corrupt Judge Turpin, escapee Benjamin Barker uses the alias Sweeney Todd to resume work in his barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop. He swears vengeance against the judge that tore his family apart, and hatches a plot with Mrs. Lovett that leads them down a dangerous, thrilling path with deadly consequences. Instead of a traditional theater setting, this revival is set inside a 360-degree replica environment of Harrington's Pie & Mash shop. The action takes place downstairs on and around the shop’s service counter and four nearby tables. While there is no formal audience participation, certain seats are very close to the players. Pie and mash is served beginning one hour prior to each performance.

2h 45m | Already closed | Barrow Street Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (799)


Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining
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Dated, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if If you like what the story is about. It does an effective job with its staging , a very good effort and performance.

Don't see it if You must like the story of the Barber, kinda like you must like Mack the knife in 3 penny, otherwise it will be a long evening for you.

Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Absorbing

See it if Blown away! Norm, Carmelo and cast amazing. Staging was brilliant. Perfect immersion.

Don't see it if Go see it... pay for the best seats. It makes it and it's worth it.

Intense, Edgy, Dizzying, Dark, Masterful

See it if Powerful immersive staging. Terrific acting and musicianship. An intense, memorable experience that stays with you.

Don't see it if You won't enjoy a dark dark show with frightening moments, or you don't like Sondheim's music. Not for kids.

Inventive, Great score, Must see, Riveting, Dark

See it if you want to see an inventive, lively, powerful staging of a Sondheim masterwork in an intimate (if slightly gimmicky) theatre-cum-pie shop.

Don't see it if you can't abide the very dark themes, vengeful characters & on-stage violence. [But just see it... and get the "best pies in the Village".]

Also Note: I saw this production with the original cast (Jeremy Secomb as S... Read more Read less

Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy opera-like high pitched singing. The use of the space is ingenious. The performers are enthusiastic.

Don't see it if you do not know the story. The performers need to work on their diction.

Brilliant sondheim (of course) plus this production will scare the sh** out of you

See it if immersive stripped-down production and fierce portrayal of the murderous Sweeney make this scariest/most visceral version of show I've seen

Don't see it if doesn't have majesty and polish of fully-staged productions; underlying anti-social Darwinism message hidden beneath horror show

Engaging, Solid, Great acting, Overrated, Clear

See it if you want to see a great performance from Carolee Carmello, or the prospect of actors being mere feet from you at all times excites you.

Don't see it if the gimmick of being sat in a pie shop does not excite you. Everyone has to constantly turn and shift their views as the actors move around.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want to be part of the play. Very interaction with the audience. Great story, a lot of fun.

Don't see it if Acting on tables sometimes sitting with the audience.

Also The setting in the pie shop is excellent. You walk in your in the pie ... Read more Read less

Immersive, Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you like immersive theatre and being up close and personal with the action. This is an inventive staging of the classic Sondheim hit.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with actors in your personal space, or don't care for Sondheim or stories about grizzly murders.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You want to see an innovative, fun set & you want to see this famous Sondheim musical. Fantastic acting & singing. A great production!

Don't see it if It's dark! Not for little kids. Wouldn't want to explain the plot to them! Do not see it if you don't like plays about murderers.

Also They don't give out the programs until the show is over. Not sure I li... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging, Riveting

See it if No ifs, ands or buts, just go see it. The cast is so talented and the staging is unique, personal and intimate. Sondheim at his best.

Don't see it if Sometimes it's difficult to understand the words being sung because the music is a little too loud-not a big deal. Try it, you'll like it!

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Intense

See it if You like to be in the middle of the action. Seating is in the pie shop and actors appear everywhere. Accept murder as fun. Brilliant staging

Don't see it if You do not like dark humor. Do not like to be close to the actors in a small space. Dislike operetta type musicals.

Also Matt Boyle Is both wonderful to look at, and his voice is in top form ... Read more Read less

Macabre humor, Inventive use of space, Excellent staging, Unmiked power singing, Excellent meat pies

See it if Sondheim, in your face/lap staging, gourmet meat pies, bald pate massages, vocal power, grand guignol storytelling are your idea of nite out

Don't see it if sharing banquets, turning your head, small spaces, demon serial killer cannibal barbers, or meat pies are not your idea of a good time

Must see, Great staging, Intense

See it if An intimate experience with actors close enough to touch, great singing and acting interests you.

Don't see it if I don't like Sondheim or Sweeney Todd.

Also The mezzanine cheap seats are still good but much less immersive.

Clever, Dizzying, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you love Sondheim. See it if you hate Sondheim. See it if you don't know who Sondheim is. It is brilliant. You really need to see this one.

Don't see it if you are an idiot. There is no reason on God's green earth not to see this show. It is frickin' amazing. And get the pie first.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a well-executed concept that stages practically the entire musical on a pie counter.

Don't see it if You'll only see Sweeney Todd once and want it to have all of the large scale effects and gore that the musical is famous for.

Also You’ll be delighted with the resourcefulness of these theatermakers! I... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Get the pie!, Riveting, Gorgeous voices

See it if you love Sondheim and this show in particular - this production is not to be missed.

Don't see it if you don't like performers in your face and walking on your table.

Also If you can get a ticket here's some advice: For the vertically challen... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you enjoy being engulfed by the action and witnessing the talented actors literally get in your face. Acting/singing/staging was terrific.

Don't see it if you get easily annoyed having to turn your head and shift your body (perhaps opt for mezz seats if this is you), you find pie shop gimmicky

Also Unique experience. Not particularly immersive, but the staging is fun ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if Sondheim! Great show in a pie shop setting, Norm Lewis, Carolee Carmello and Brad Oscar excel to name 3 in the cast

Don't see it if dislike Sondheim

Riveting, Visceral, Inventive, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you are a Sondheim fan & want to experience an immersive, inventive staging that makes optimal use of a rather awkward space. Really clever

Don't see it if have an aversion to grisly subject matter, immersive theater & tinkering with traditional presentations.

Also The cast was great, the three musicians did the score full justice. I ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you like the story, haven't yet seen the play and want to see it or if you enjoy immersing plays in general.

Don't see it if you do like Sweeny Todd, have seen it and are not interested in being immersed in a play.

Ambitious, Transfixing, Inspired, Haunting, Masterful

See it if this version is ever revived. Hell’s Bells, this was good. Eerie, foreboding, spine-tingling excellence - a big hat’s off to all involved!

Don't see it if you missed out and this production doesn’t get new life - life it thoroughly deserves. What a masterwork!

Absorbing, Dark, Immersive, Great staging

See it if you enjoy immersive theatre or love Sondheim musicals. This was my first production of SWEENEY and I absolutely loved it.

Don't see it if you dislike dark shows or actors that get a little up close and personal.

Also Try the pie! They're probably the best worst pies in New York. I went ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You enjoy a masterful musical, hear each expertly crafted lyric & be taken on an extraordinary journey; outstanding vocals by all

Don't see it if You dislike dark humor, semi-immersive interactions and intensity; not for the faint of heart

Also We need to see more of Matt Doyle- outstanding! I was in a partial vie... Read more Read less

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Great production! Creative, unique staging. See it for a fun evening.

Don't see it if Do not like musicals.

March 1st, 2017
"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 amuse...
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June 18th, 2017
"Sondheim and Wheeler’s killer-cannibal musical cuts a fine figure with a mostly new cast...In the title role, Norm Lewis is glum in repose but comes scarily alive when prowling through the audience, and Carolee Carmello is a vicious, hilarious marvel as his amoral and clingy accomplice, Mrs. Lov...
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March 1st, 2017
“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 sh...
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March 1st, 2017
"The gimmick, and the close quarters it entails, make this the most frightening 'Sweeney Todd' I’ve seen...The director Bill Buckhurst frequently has his cast bellowing in a space that doesn’t require it. It’s very effective, if at a cost to beauty...The score is a marvel of ingenious counterprog...
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