So after not making it through several attempts to view Tim Burton’s version of Sweeney Todd last year, I finally saw the show live in Signature Theater’s brilliant production of Sondheim’s bloody musical.
Acting, music, and production values were all fantastic across the board. Even with the story’s inherent challenges—for one, the rampant throat slicing (the cartoonish flood of which turned me off in Burton’s version) and the too-easy temptation to slip into hackneyed cockney accents—the cast created a rich tapestry of three-dimensional characters. Highlights of the show include Sherri Edelen as Mrs. Lovett and Edward Gero as Sweeney Todd. Both have an unquestionable chemistry that makes their murderous spree so gloriously entertaining.
If you have a chance to catch the show before it closes in April, do. There’s nothing like a saucy meat pie to spice up your evening.