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

93
Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Must see, Intense

See it if you're an admirer of Sweeney Todd b/c this staging is unlike any you've seen before. It's clever, fun, intimate & 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.

Also The cast is uniformly excellent but it's anchored by incredible lead p... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you want to see a classic reinvented! It's a brilliant staging with a wonderful cast. It's dark but injected with humor & wit!

Don't see it if you don't like Sondheim nor semi-immersive shows. It's the classic story that can be a bit dark, but overall well handled.

89
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you love Sondheim and immersive theater.

Don't see it if if you are uncomfortable having actors interact with you and get very close to you.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Must see

See it if Sweeney staged in a pie shop, fantastic actors and works really well. in the small space. Intimate and thrilling!

Don't see it if Intimacy with actors and in your face staging throws you off.

100
Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if you enjoy Sondheim and want to experience this classic play in a unique setting: a pie shop. A wonderfully immersive experience indeed.

Don't see it if aren't into Sondheim's intricate and clever lyrics nor like immersive, involving theater. Stay home and listen to the CD or watch the movie

95
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you EVER want to see a production of Sweeney Todd. You'll hear every word and the leads (I saw the British cast) are EXCELLENT!! Get a pie!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Sweeney (and if that's the case, what's wrong with you?) Seriously, get a ticket for this show if you can!

86
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you're obsessed by Sweeney and you love fresh perspectives on a show

Don't see it if you don't like actors in your face. It isn't too bad but if you're on the main floor, you're quite close and will be sung at and acted to

81
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Diluted concept!

See it if Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler's classic is almost always worth seeing.

Don't see it if you don't know the show. Once more, everything is reduced and you have to know the show ahead of time! Aargh!

95
Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You want to see one of Sondheim's best shows done in a remarkably unique and immersive way. Very entertaining and just as chilling as ever.

Don't see it if You don't like being fully immersed. It's not terrible, but the actors are very close and around you.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You want to see the meat pies being made

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a grisly story seen very closely

90
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're looking for a fun off-broadway revival of a classic musical. It really brings you to the pie shop and if you can, the pies are great!

Don't see it if you want to be away from the action - it's interactive or something new.

85
Good not great

See it if you've never seen the Bway original (available on dvd). Enjoyed Hugh Panero.

Don't see it if Extremely uncomfortable seating: narrow benches, no armrests or back support, cramped for 3 hours.

Also Site-specific location allows proximity, but I'd prefer some comfort t... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Awkward staging

See it if you want to see another ST revival w/a different, albeit odd, kind of staging & presentation.

Don't see it if you have an issue twisting & turning in order to catch as much as you can of the show.

Also i enjoyed the show. the 2 hours & 45 mins flew by.

87
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want an completely fresh take on a Sondheim masterpiece! It almost made it feel like a brand new piece. Love it!

Don't see it if you like to watch from a distance or you are not a Sondheim fan. This is in your face.

97
Riveting, Must see, Masterful

See it if You love Sondheim and are ready to be truly spooked by the sinister Sweeney Todd!

Don't see it if You are not interested in innovative, immersive theater experience

95
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if you like Sondheim, immersive musicals, enjoy dark shows

Don't see it if you want big productions numbers and a large orchestra

Also This immersive production of Sweeney Todd gets you from the start, ins... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you want to see a dark classic retold in a clever way. Also, there is not a weak performance.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional staging. If you are averse to macabre plots.

Also After months and months of waiting, tickets are finally available at r... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy this Sondheim classic and want to see a new, inventive staging of it.

Don't see it if You like traditional theater settings and are not into immersive theatre experiences.

95
Clever, Great singing, Must see, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if This was one of the most unique and thrilling theatre experiences I've had. If you are a fan of Sweeney Todd, you must see this.

Don't see it if Certain sacrifices must be made to accommodate this type of immersion. Despite some clever staging, there were still moments I couldn't see.

Also If you don't know the show, you should familiarize yourself with the m... Read more Read less

89
Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Exquisite, Edgy

See it if You absolutely love Sweeney Todd and want to see a very unique take on this classic. Incredible staging and acting.

Don't see it if You absolutely hate Sweeney Todd or Sondheim. If you do not like intimate settings this production is not for you.

100
Electrifying, Riveting, Intense, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to experience an exciting, thrilling, and electrifying production of one of Sondheim's greatest works.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with maintaining close physical proximity with actors and the thought of having meaningful interactions frightens you.

Also The meat pies are delectable, the pared down orchestrations are stunni... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Must see

See it if you like close up powerful, intimate theater which brings action right to your seat. A fantastic production with great cast and staging.

Don't see it if you don't like close-up 'in your face' theater with a macabre theme, but you will be missing a theatrical tour de force.

96
Gorgeous singing, Hilarious, Great staging, Jump-scare terrifying, Clever

See it if you like immersive theater. Actors make the parts their own. Judge+Sweeney duets gorgeous. Timing is perfect. Sitting at tables worth it.

Don't see it if don't like audience interaction. Sweeney would yell directly at audience members which was scary... but also made horrifying scenes funny

90
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Awesome

See it if If you're a fan of Sweeney, and like a smaller show. Just plain, good fun. Imaginative with great actors with fabulous voices.

Don't see it if You're looking for the huge productions of past Sweeneys.

71
Great staging, Clever, Ambitious, Great singing, Overrated

See it if you like immersive theater and intimate stagings of classic shows.

Don't see it if you can't handle a weakly performed main character.

Also Most of the actors were great, especially Judge Turpin (amazing voice)... Read more Read less


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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