Theater: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – New York Philharmonic Concert

Opened: March 5, 2014

Book by: Hugh Wheeler

Music & Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim

New York Philharmonic Concert Cast: Bryn Terfel, Emma Thompson, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Erin Mackey, Philip Quast, Kyle Brenn, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Audra McDonald, Christian Borle, Jill Abramovitz, Colin Anderson, Ryan Andes, George Lee Andrews, Allison Blackwell, Bradley Dean, Gina Ferrall, Jason Lee Garrett, Molly Gordon, Joy Hermalyn, Siri Howard, Jamie Jackson, Zachary James, Isaac James, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Eddie Korbich, Megan Louhram, Tiffany Mann, Michael McCoy, Justin Lee Miller, JC Montgomery, Karen Murphy, Jacqueline Petroccia, Patricia Phillips, Ashley Robinson, Amy Rogers, Jaime Rosenstein, Michael Seelbach, Ron Sharpe & Sam Tedaldi

What was announced to be a concert soon transforms into a brilliant semi-staged production of this timeless Stephen Sondheim musical.

After years in prison, Sweeney Todd (Bryn Terfel) returns to his home on Fleet Street to avenge the death of his wife and save his daughter. Mrs. Lovett (Emma Thompson) owns the pie shop downstairs and assists him while also benefitting from his devious ways.

Thompson is an absolute joy to watch. What she lacks in vocal ability, she more than makes up for with her often-hilarious acting skills. Audra McDonald brings life to the often-forgotten role of the Beggarwoman, while Christian Borle effortlessly plays up Pirelli.

From the moment the actors close their books and get rid of their stands, there’s an excitement that is continually bolstered throughout the show.

Final say: Attend this tale of Sweeney Todd. ★★★★☆

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