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
89
Avg Score

90
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want to see the best Sweeney Todd yet! Carolee was an awesome Mrs Lovett. Supporting cast good. Set was fun. Staging clever

Don't see it if You aren't a Sweeney fan. Or don't like dark musicals.

Also Heads up. The front 1/2 of the house is long tables that the actors us... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want a clever, unique immersive show. Join the pie shop crowd - make sure you have the pie and mash. It's to die for! LOL

Don't see it if you don't like entirely sung musicals like Les Miz and Phantom.

Also I highly recommend enjoying this show in the pie shop area as you get ... Read more Read less

100
Powerful, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great everything, And tasty, too!

See it if You love the show, Sondheim, and want to see a truly immersive production. For a true aficionado, this is a treat beyond belief. You must!

Don't see it if The intensity of the story is problematic for you, because that intensity is kicked up several notches here. Also, it can be a bit tight.

Also Meat pies and ovens--signature props of this show for sure. But imagin... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Great singing, Intense

See it if if you want to see an exquisite interpretation of Sondheim's masterwork.

Don't see it if the main plot point (and we all know what that is) disturbs you.

Also I have seen eight Sweeneys and this ranks right up there with Cariou/L... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Love the show but want to see a very different production. So great to be right among the actions - actually can understand all the lyrics.

Don't see it if Don't like scaled-down shows.

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Clever

See it if Great version of classic musical set in a theater converted into a pie shop. The 3 piece musical ensemble was terrific.Excellent cast!

Don't see it if You feel you've seen too many productions of this musical.However,you've never seen anything similar to this special version.

90
Amazing performances, Unique setting inside a pie shop, Intimate space, Intense

See it if You would like to see a classic musical staged a completely different way.

Don't see it if You don't like violence depicted on stage. Or if you're not a Sondheim fan.

100
Absorbing, Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want to see the most intense and downright scary show in town. The small theater puts you right in the middle of the terror.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show about a bunch of people getting murdered.

90
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you want a refreshing version in a submissive environment where the audience is part of the performance & it is performed with a great cast

Don't see it if You like a big, splashy version of the show performed in a standard theater environment

81
Clever, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You want a reimagined staging of a great show. (Pro-tip: spring for the pies!)

Don't see it if You dislike stripped down staging.

94
Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of the source material and want to see it performed in an immersive format with a minimal cast of 8. Very cleverly done.

Don't see it if this is not your type of show. Sweeney is not everyone's cup of tea.

Also I was at first surprised to learn that the cast was only 8 people and ... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Intense, Clever

See it if You want a different experience of a theater performance.

Don't see it if you want to see a Bway show or traditional theater.

99
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You want your socks blown off. I could not have loved this production more! Do the dinner pie option beforehand!

Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim, dark themes, minimal gore, immersive theater.

95
Clever, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Sweeney!!! Immersive and delightfully in your face.

Don't see it if Traditional staging. Full orchestra

88
Immersive, Spirited, Masterful, Dark, Dizzying

See it if You like original productions of classics. If you are a Sondheim fan. Very well staged, good singing and musicians. Fun experience.

Don't see it if you aren't comfortable with violent and dark themes (although less gory than I expected). If you don't immersive theater.

Also This was my first time seeing Sweeney Todd. I think I would have enjoy... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if you want a Sweeney done right, where they know it's a funny show.

Don't see it if you aren't a Sondhiem fan.

Also I think this worked very well. I will say that the changes they made (... Read more Read less

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

98
Clever, Great acting, Different

See it if you love interactive theatre or love the show and want to see it portrayed in a different way.

Don't see it if you have hearing trouble because the actors do not wear microphones.

76
Ambitious, Clever, Great singing, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you love the show, want immersive, intelligently new staging, or have never seen t before. It’s fresh and new.

Don't see it if You want traditional staging. Or you don’t like people messing with your Sondheim. It’s clever and new, but that’s not necessarily good.

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.

86
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see action and murder and mystery in a pie shop. You like singing and great staging.

Don't see it if You don’t like pies made of other meat or serial killer plots

90
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Intense, Riveting

See it if you are interested in seeing classic shows performed in a nontradition, yet very appealing/professional, way.

Don't see it if if you have a fear of being a part of the action (though this is only for certain seats) or you have sensitive ears.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Proximity to wonderful cast allows for a nuance not typical from the majority of SWEENEY productions; pre-show pie is a fun audience hit

Don't see it if The majority of seats will require twisting/turning/shifting for those who want to see all actions; perhaps not the ideal first-ever ST

92
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you love Sweeney Todd (I would see any production!), if you enjoy inventive/immersive staging, you like scaled-down musicals. It is fun!

Don't see it if you are expecting a production like the original or need to see a large cast/orchestra. Especially don't if you don't "get" Sweeney Todd!

86
Great staging, Great singing

See it if you love this music and are open to a re-imagination of its staging.

Don't see it if you're not into audience interaction.


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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