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luvtheEmcee
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Posted: 8/12/14 at 01:35pm
Has anyone seen it yet? Tell me things.
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luvtheEmcee
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Posted: 8/20/14 at 12:39pm
Bueller?
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FindingNamo
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Posted: 8/20/14 at 12:42pm
Those words seem as if they don't belong together yet I would see it in a heartbeat.
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luvtheEmcee
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Posted: 8/20/14 at 12:43pm
That's exactly how I feel. I can't even imagine what it will sound like, which obviously means I have to go see it.
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KChenowethfan
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Posted: 8/20/14 at 12:51pm
I haven't seen it, but I did see their prog metal version of "Frankenstein" and thought best to sit this one out for my sanity. In that case, if they spent as much time as trying to be different, edgy, and creative, than ensuring the cast could act/sing (on pitch), it would have been ok.
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GetUp&LiveIt
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Posted: 8/20/14 at 01:28pm
It's horrible. Save yourself from the painful amatuer hour.
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morosco
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Posted: 8/20/14 at 01:56pm
The Landless Theater had a sneak peek video of rehearsals ("Green Finch...", and "Ah Miss") but they wisely decided to make the video private.
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South Fl Marc
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Posted: 8/20/14 at 04:59pm
It was dreadful. I had high hopes going in. The set was interesting and when the chorus first started singing I thought it was going to be good. The main problem was the two leads. The Sweeney had no energy and the Mrs Lovett was horrible. She missed all the humor and pathos. It seemed like she had seen the movie, was trying to copy Helena Bonham Carter and ... well, I can't think of a single good thing to say about her performance. All in all, STAY AWAY!

Now living in DC. I really have to change my name on the board.
Updated On: 8/20/14 at 04:59 PM
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darquegk
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Posted: 8/20/14 at 06:34pm
It's one of those things like "The Addams Family" musical, I guess: you KNOW it's a good idea, but it's done poorly in execution and you wonder, "will this kill the chance for a better version of this idea? I KNOW I could make this idea work if they would only listen to me!"
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South Fl Marc
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Posted: 8/20/14 at 07:03pm
It wasn't the idea, it was the cast - the two leads in particular. On the other hand, the Beadle and Pirelli were pretty good.
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darquegk
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Posted: 8/20/14 at 07:19pm
I only saw the promo video, but it seemed that the problem went a little deeper- the songs were remixed, not reimagined. The same vocal arrangements and vocal performances, with a different accompaniment underneath them.
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Posted: 8/21/14 at 01:22pm
Is this related? I ask only half-jokingly, having just seen PUPPET TITUS at Theatre Row, whose cast includes Chris Snider, son of the Twisted Sister himself.
Dee Snider does The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
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hhaarriissoonn
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Posted: 8/21/14 at 03:05pm
Orchestrations are GREAT thought

Updated On: 8/21/14 at 03:05 PM
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Mr. Nowack
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Posted: 8/21/14 at 09:37pm
I agree with darquegk, it's certainly an intriguing idea, and I think it can be done exceptionally well, but they have to ditch the old vocal arrangements and give it a more solid/unified feel.
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BWAYNerd2
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Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:54pm
I like pies and turtles.
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KChenowethfan
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Posted: 8/22/14 at 09:32am
Even thought I wasn't going to see this, I decided to go on a whim last night. I lasted until intermission. Uniformly horrible singing and acting. The pretty cool orchestrations and the manner in which the band plays them are fine, but they don't work with the traditional vocal arrangements (particularly when the vocals are poorly executed). Nice idea, but overall an atrocity. They made the right call making this one not open for press reviews. I've seen college productions of Sweeney with a better understanding of the material and performance levels.
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themysteriousgrowl
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Posted: 8/22/14 at 10:06am

I suppose this is as good a place as any to post this, in a discussion of amateur SWEENEY productions, rather than giving it its own thread.

This is some audio of a high-school production I saw this past spring. Parts of it give me chills.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x24aeen_high-school-sweeney-todd-pretty-women-and-epiphany_music
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taramaxwelllaw2
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Posted: 8/23/14 at 10:55am
This was my favorite Sweeney production to date. It was darker than any other I have seen, yet also funnier. The prog score really worked. The show doesn't pander to musical theatre or Broadway rock expectations in direction or casting. Some will hate that, but I found it refreshing. Mrs. Lovett needs to grow into the role, but she is a legit metal singer and impressive performer. Sweeney is a dynamic actor and singer who brings emotional center to the show. Pirelli and Beadle are cheesy but tons of fun. The comments on this thread don't do it justice. I tend to hate musicals, and I loved it.
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FloydJoe2
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Posted: 8/23/14 at 11:38am
themysteriousgrowl, thats a high school production? It's extremely impressive. Not only are the voices (especially the Judge) extraordinary but that orchestra sounds amazing. Was the orchestra composed of students or professionals?
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Posted: 8/23/14 at 01:45pm
Tara, hon, because you joined today just to praise a show that gotten uniformly bad reviews from people I trust, it kind of looks like you're a shill. Also, I have no idea why anyone who "hates musicals" would join BroadwayWorld.
"I know what a show-stopping song is. I know what you get a Tony for. Neither of those songs were it. And Sheryl Lee Ralph didn't even get nominated. Even with the new material. You know as an artist when somebody's giving you material that will stop a show. Give me the material. I know how to stop a show." - Tonya Pinkins Blocked: mjohnson2
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Mr. Nowack
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Posted: 8/23/14 at 02:53pm
^^^^^^
Perhaps Tara is strictly a fan of straight plays??
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taramaxwelllaw2
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Posted: 8/23/14 at 04:32pm
Yes, that's exactly why I joined today, Sally. People go out of their way to write something nasty online, why not also to post something nice? I guess I'm a shill for enjoying a show your friends here didn't like, and feeling strongly enough to tell people about it. lol
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ljay889
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Posted: 8/23/14 at 05:11pm
Or you may be connected with the production?
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themysteriousgrowl
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Posted: 8/25/14 at 07:39am

FloydJoe2,

The orchestra was, I believe, composed entirely of students, but Iím not 100% sure. Regardless, they sounded so good that the first time I saw the show, I thought the production was using pre-recorded tracks until the orchestra was acknowledged at the end.
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therealjosh
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Posted: 8/25/14 at 11:47am
How about you are all a bunch of peter puffers and musicals are gay. Ron Paul 2016.
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luvtheEmcee
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Posted: 9/2/14 at 01:43pm
I'm sorry, but I f*cking loved it. Yeah, there were imperfections in performances and direction, but I thought the prog metal arrangements sounded amazing, and I had a blast. I even left covered in blood.

The video clip that was briefly released was not at all indicative of how perfectly the arrangements, by and large, fit the score. There were some moments that were better than others and some that maybe could have used a little more tinkering, and Greenfinch was probably one of the more difficult fits. It's a shame that people chose not to see it based on that clip.

Actually, I'm not sorry. I just loved it. It was weird and new and different but not too far out in left field. It works, and it's just the kind of thing I love to see people do.
A work of art is an invitation to love.
Updated On: 9/2/14 at 01:43 PM

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