It's time for my review of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Now I at first wasn't too sure about this but by the end I thought WOW! This was a very clever modern day adaption of Sweeney Todd. It is a mix of musical theatre and opera which I thought was genius. They had an amazing orchestra and I thought it was good that they included them as part of the show. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd at the beginning was amazing. I don't want to spoil it for people but I will just say it will blow you off your feet. I also liked the use of greek chorus throughout the show. They had a great cast too, including Bryn Terfel as Sweeney Todd/Benjamin Barker, Emma Thomson as Mrs. Lovett, Matthew Seadon-Young as Anthony Hope, Katie Hall as Johanna Barker, Philip Quast as Judge Turpin, Jack North as Tobias Ragg, Alex Gaumond as Beadle Bamford, Rosalie Craig as Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker and last but certainly not least John Owen-Jones as Adolfo Pirelli/Daniel O'Higgins. Another great thing were the costumes. They really showed off the different characters personalities. The only pieces of criticism I have for the show is that when the cast went to the back of the stage the conductor was standing in front of them and it was impossible to see them from the stalls. I feel they could have maybe lowered the conductor because I found this to be really annoying. I also found at the beginning the storyline was a little confusing. They could make this a bit clearer for people who aren't familiar with the story. However overall the show was amazing.
The featured star of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is, drum roll please… EMMA THOMPSON!
Emma was utterly hilarious. Not only was she an amazing actor, she was an amazing singer! I never knew she could sing like that! She really pulled a rabbit out of a hat there.
Now for my final verdict on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. I give Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street…
This fantastic show is only on for a limited run so catch it while you can!
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Join me next time when I will reviewing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical.
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*Please note this show has now closed.