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

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tooting Arts Club) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(805 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (805)

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70 Reviews | 1 Follower
Absorbing, Ambitious, Humorous, Dark, I twnse

See it if Great soundtrack

Don't see it if dark

63 Reviews | 9 Followers
Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You like Sondheim and a very unique staging style that Inhad never seen before.

Don't see it if Only if you can’t stand anything by Sondheim, I loved it and am glad 8got to see it.

762 Reviews | 147 Followers
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. Read more

90 Reviews | 40 Followers
Absorbing, Riveting, Ambitious, Great singing, Must see

See it if you can get a ticket! This incredible, intimate production is imaginative, and terrifying. Carloee Carmello is the best Mrs. Lovett EVER

Don't see it if you can't get a ticket! Or, I suppose, if you dislike an intimate theatrical experience. Front table seating is very close to the action!

84 Reviews | 21 Followers
Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love a combination of traditional and immersive theater

Don't see it if you don't enjoy musicals

52 Reviews | 12 Followers
Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You can. This is an amazing piece. Clever and intimate in a way I don’t know Sweeney could be!

Don't see it if You don’t like actors all around you during the performance.

108 Reviews | 15 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you want an one of a kind theatre experience.

Don't see it if you don't want to be part of the show.

92 Reviews | 25 Followers
Ambitious, Dizzying, Epic

See it if You love the original and want to see the best Mrs. Lovette there has been.

Don't see it if You don't buy seats on the ground floor.

Critic Reviews (56)

The New York Times
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 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."
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Time Out New York
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. Lovett. Even if you've seen 'Sweeney' many times already, Carmello makes it worth revisiting: She's giving a meaty, delicously human star performance."
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Time Out New York
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 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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 counterprogramming. That’s what makes the thrills thrill. The new production unfortunately flattens some of these effects...Still, when a production gets more than halfway there, it’s plenty. This one does."
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New Yorker
March 6th, 2017

“Sondheim’s mid-career masterpiece…‘Sweeney Todd’ is filled with so much wonder that, especially when you have a cast and a director as talented as those involved in this London import, it can temporarily erase the memory of the cynicism or knowingness that informs so many other current productions..The actors perform without mugging. Their characterizations are organic, and they open Sondheim’s brilliant lyrics up to a new freshness: their interpretations are those of actors, not stars.”
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March 1st, 2017

“While I am no fan of these mini-Sondheims, there are many pleasures to recommend this revival, adroitly staged by Bill Buckhurst in Simon Kenny’s uncanny setting. Atop the menu are Jeremy Secomb, truly, mesmerizingly terrifying in the title role…The other roles are superbly cast as well…Benjamin Cox’s arrangements for trio have their charms, but power doesn’t figure in the mix...This 'Sweeney Todd' provides delectable finger food when what you really want is the full meal.”
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New York Daily News
March 1st, 2017

“The show is intimate, inventive and as in-your-face as it gets...Reprising lead roles, Jeremy Secomb brings unblinking intensity as the titular throat-slitting barber, while Siobhan McCarthy is deftly daft as the baker who grinds victims into meat pies. Amid the atmosphere, narrative clarity can come out underbaked. Who’s that? Wasn’t the oven over there? And in a musical about justice, the singing doesn’t always do that to the majestic score.”
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March 1st, 2017

"The voices of the cast are uniformly robust. Secomb’s piercing glare and growling baritone give the demon barber the kind of sex appeal that makes mincemeat of a lusty lady like Mrs. Lovett...This tight-knit company, some of whom have been with the show since it originated in Tooting, also has a flair for the show’s undercurrents of black humor...All in all, this cheerily gory show is great family fun — if your family happens to be the Munsters."
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