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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Theater 2020)

Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious
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Theater 2020 revives Stephen Sondheim's musical thriller about a barber, a pie maker, and the power of revenge. 

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After being wrongfully imprisoned by the corrupt Judge Turpin and separated from his beloved family, barber Benjamin Barker returns to seek vengeance under the name of Sweeney Todd. He resumes work in his barbershop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop, and together they hatch a plan that leads down a bloody path with deadly consequences.

 

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Reviews (26)

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95
BroadwayWorld

"Every song is memorable, every actor significant and how good the collaborative effort to make this one freak of a musical is proven by how devastated you are in the show's final moments. All of this comes together beautifully in Theater2020's production...'Sweeney' takes perfect form in this production that does such a beautiful story proud...I cannot say enough good things about how talented this cast is; it was almost unexpected." Full Review

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Edge New York

"See and hear this glorious production before it closes. Theater 2020's cast of 15, under sly and stern direction of Judith Jarosz, goes deep, dark, and downright operatic to pump Wheeler's ghoulish book with enough steam (and steampunk) to speed everyone toward their very sticky destinies...As the eponymous Todd, the powerful David Fuller conjures Sondheim's relentless musical pace, and admirably anchors the company." Full Review

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60
Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You have to love the show and the music. Great singing but no sets or choreography, More like a cabaret performance of the score.

Don't see it if U can't get there early and grab a front row seat. Rows of chairs w/NO sightlines. And much of the action takes place off the elevated stage

82
Crave the shave

See it if ST newbie. Low cost intro. Fuller's Todd can be heard in Queens. Intimate space with every sq ft used.

Don't see it if Female lead a cartoon; way over the top. Blonde wig cheap, fake, hideous. Prefer a male Pirelli. Obvious political casting choice misfire.

Also Fuller too full figured. Sweeney sure hasn't missed any meals in priso... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like musicals, this group, sweeny todd and productions that are done very well without a lot of props

Don't see it if You like bigger productions with props and more staging

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You want to be riveted and completely taken aback by the story; so very easy to become wrapped up, wonderful direction.

Don't see it if You mind gore or are really turned off by the thought of murder and cannibalism; or if you have a weak stomach.

89
Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoyed the Movie. Even if you haven't and want some great actors performing and singing the show. Was really well done, just go see it!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. The show lacks some stage and props, but very easy for people familiar with the story to figure out.

Also This production was really well done, with the singers did a great job... Read more Read less

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Mixed bag

See it if Like the score and I do. For the most part singing is good and pianist excellent. Don't mind bare bones production values.

Don't see it if want a uniform caliber of performers. The chorus is excellent and some of the principals good. Female playing the other barber didn't work.

75
Ambitious, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are a Sweeney fan and don't need props or scenery to appreciate the songs and story, which are very well performed.

Don't see it if you are looking for a truly professional theater.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love anything Sondheim, intimate spaces, creative staging , talented actors , Carolee Carmelo specifically & Jake Boyd a nice surprise.

Don't see it if The Theme turns your stomach , you don't get Sondheim, no meat pies for you ,actors in your face frighten you , no theatrical ingenuity 4 U.

69
Overrated

See it if You enjoy interactive theater, and can tolerate such a bizarre premise

Don't see it if You enjoy good Sondheim

78
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you appreciate the traditional way of doing Sweeney Todd, or you want to see Sweeney Todd for the first time.

Don't see it if you want a challenging adaptation of the text or a big production. It's a simple production, but the vocal performances are amazing.

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Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You don't mind a weakly acted but powerfully sung bare bones production that makes good use of limited space and means.

Don't see it if You can't handle shameless mugging, mostly among the 2 leads. Wouldn't be so bad if they weren't blindly aping the actors from the PBS video

81
Absorbing, Great singing, Bare-boned

See it if you're a fan of Sweeney Todd, great lyrics and fine, fine singing, you have not seen this before, you want to see it performed again.

Don't see it if you desire more than just a piano accompaniment (though he is masterful!), you need sets and big production.

Also Standouts: Mrs. Lovett, Pirelli, Beadle, Toby. The intense sincerity o... Read more Read less

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Needs more than a piano, blond wig looks like roadkill, pirelli ain't a man

See it if you enjoy hearing good human voices sing unamplified. limited ability in lighting handled well,

Don't see it if you want to hear an orchestra with the singers...for this very difficult piece. This is done on a shoe string budget, with some miscasting

86
Clever, Intense, Great singing

See it if You want to see a classic stripped down to an intimate scale.

Don't see it if The idea of a guy singing about murder looking in your eye makes you quesy.

80
Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Great singing, Immersive

See it if You are a sondheim fan who wants to see one of his best shows iperformed in innovative and immersive staging with excellent performances.

Don't see it if You dislike performer/audience interaction, or prefer traditional staging with a full ensemble.

Also First off, the cast of this show is filled with solid Broadway talents... Read more Read less

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Great acting, Resonant, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love this show. It's a really great re-staging of this, and brad oscar is great!!

Don't see it if you don't like horror.

90
Great acting, Intense, Great singing

See it if you enjoy great voices and creepy subject matters

Don't see it if you dont like some seriously high notes!

84
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Intense, Entertaining

See it if If you loved the movie or you love twisted takes on Shakespearian classics, then this play will definitely deliver.

Don't see it if If you have a sensitive stomach for blood and dark themes, then this musical might be a bit much for you.

89
Clever, Edgy, Enchanting, Great writing

See it if You like horror movies.

Don't see it if Gore isn't your thing.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Confusing, Great singing

See it if You love serious musical theater. Not an easy storyline.

Don't see it if Although I loved it, my group thought it was too confusing and just didn't get it. Serious subject matter, not light and breezy

87
Absorbing, Clever, Epic

See it if If enjoy a good show with an interesting plot and amazing music this is the show for you!

Don't see it if If you don't like shows with interesting plot and if you don't like Stephan Sondheim's Music.

85
Funny, Ambitious, Intense, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to enjoy Sweeney in an intimate space. Staging is minimal but cast is mostly great. Standouts: Mrs. Lovett, Pirelli, Beadle, Toby.

Don't see it if you're expecting full orchestrations. Having just a piano means you hear more of the vocal parts, though, which is nice.

100
Must see

See it if you like a dark romance

Don't see it if you don't like a dark romance

100
Great acting, Must see, Hilarious, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love Sweeney Todd, great voices, and intimate staging

Don't see it if You need elaborate sets