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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

55
Overrated, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy intimate shows. You like shows that offer an "experience." You want a show that offers a digital lottery.

Don't see it if You're looking for a "big" show. You are looking for a Sweeney with lots of gore. You are a stickler for creative staging.

Also Won the digital lottery and got seats in the Mezzanine. ... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Clever, Overrated, Quirky, Unevenly cast

See it if You can overlook some sub-par singing and acting.

Don't see it if You prefer a reasonably sized orchestra for "Sweeney" or you dislike audience interaction.

54
Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you love the show, like immersive theatre, and aren't afraid of actors getting in your face

Don't see it if you hate immersive theatre and prefer traditional staging

Also I was wildly disappointed by this production. Having heard praise from... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You love Sondheim and meat pies.

Don't see it if You don’t like Sondheim or cannibalism.

Also The seating was very uncomfortable-we were on tall stools without foot... Read more Read less

69
Quirky

See it if ur quirkly ;)

Don't see it if ur not quirky ;{

Also follow me for more query opinions!

68
Confusing, Overrated

See it if You enjoy interactive theater, where people jump in your face

Don't see it if You love Sondheim lyrics and what to hear them, the acoustics are awful

62
Clever, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see a show in a innovative space and seeing the show in a new light... direction is brilliant only the cast is weak

Don't see it if Norm Lewis may be giving his worst performance of his entire career. This Cast is very weak & I wish saw the original

60
Intense, Raunchy, Banal, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You don't mind a creepy story

Don't see it if You mind blood

50
Banal, Confusing, Slow, Overrated

See it if you want to see great acting and singing. Even though this production falls flat, the actors are most definitely on point

Don't see it if you are expecting a chilling adaptation, you like good set design, you do not like "immersive" theater, or you get confused easily.

Also The set design is really where this production shot itself in the foot... Read more Read less

69
Absorbing, Dated, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you truly enjoy the classic story.

Don't see it if You are squeamish.

69
Energetic, Surprising, Creative, Funny, Different

See it if You like mysteries

Don't see it if You are looking for a straight laced, sit in your sits kind of experience

68
Riveting, Indulgent, Entertaining, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy being a part of a set, in a way; you like the story of Sweeney Todd - enjoy darker stories

Don't see it if You want to see a strong singing and acting cast; you do not want to interact with the cast or other audience members

69
Confusing, Great singing, Intense, Funny, Clever

See it if You like dark comedy

Don't see it if You are easily bored

58
Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Edgy, Intense

See it if You are into English tales are in intrigued by the idea of a serial killing barber.

Don't see it if You are not into seeing Dark stage plays. This is a dark, but funny piece.

66
Edgy, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing

See it if You like a musical that will keep you in your toes. That's different from the other musicals

Don't see it if You hate dark musicals or if you like to sing along.

67
Cliched, Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You don't mind them taking a while for anything interesting to start

Don't see it if You are picky about musical songs because in my opinion they aren't as good as they could be.

69
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a unique production of this masterpiece

Don't see it if you've seen the John Doyle version in recent years - it was better.

For a previous production
51
Great staging, Excruciating, Edgy, Intense, Overrated

See it if you are a fan of intense theatre that is dark.

Don't see it if you have strong opinions about morality. Not for kids.

For a previous production
50
Clever, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You love Sondheim

Don't see it if If you don't like Sondheim.


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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