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Sweeney Todd help

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Sweeney Todd help#0
Posted: 9/12/04 at 8:30pm
I recently heard the song "By the Sea" and really loved it.. so, I was thinking of using it for an audition peice.

For those of you who know the song, would it be appropriate for a 15- year old to sing (for an audition)?

thanks!
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re: Sweeney Todd help#1
Posted: 9/12/04 at 8:40pm
Well, since it's sung by a woman who is at least in her 40s, I'd say no, but you're not going to find a lot of songs that are contextually acceptable for 15 year olds. I say, if you can make the song work for you, do it.
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re: Sweeney Todd help#2
Posted: 9/12/04 at 8:45pm
The big reason why "By the Sea" doesn't seem right for someone your age is that it's basically someone proposing marriage after pre-marital sex:

But a seaside wedding
Could be devised,
Me rumpled bedding
Legitimized.


It's a bit much, ya know? Good taste, though.
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re: Sweeney Todd help#3
Posted: 9/12/04 at 8:46pm
Love love love love LOVE that lyric.
"One no longer loves one's insight enough once one communicates it."

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re: Sweeney Todd help#4
Posted: 9/12/04 at 8:48pm
Well, Plum, ever seen an audition for Annie, when all the little girls come in singing "Hey, Look Me Over" and the like?
Scary times.
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re: Sweeney Todd help#5
Posted: 9/12/04 at 8:53pm
I like this one... re: Sweeney Todd help

By the sea, in our nest,
We could share our kippers
With the odd paying guest
From the weekend trippers,
Have a nice sunny suite
For the guest to rest in
Now and then, you could do the guest in!
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re: Sweeney Todd help#6
Posted: 9/12/04 at 8:55pm
ALL the lyrics in that show are the best of the best of wittiest of the best of the smartest of the best.
"One no longer loves one's insight enough once one communicates it."

The opposite of creation isn't war, it's stagnation.
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re: Sweeney Todd help#7
Posted: 9/12/04 at 8:55pm
Well, she's pretty much saying, "Hey, I get respectability, you get to kill people. And we get to live by a beach. What more do you want?" re: Sweeney Todd help
Updated On: 9/12/04 at 08:55 PM
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re: Sweeney Todd help#8
Posted: 9/12/04 at 9:09pm
Seriously, I think Sweeney Todd to be a prime example of the perfect book musical. What a shame Wheeler died before he and Sondheim could write 50 musicals.
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re: Sweeney Todd help#9
Posted: 9/12/04 at 9:21pm
I love all of Sondheim's hidden sex jokes in Sweeney.
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re: Sweeney Todd help#10
Posted: 9/12/04 at 9:23pm
Just in Sweeney? There was once quite a long thread devoted to perverted Sondheim lyrics. Highly amusing. re: Sweeney Todd help
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re: Sweeney Todd help#11
Posted: 9/12/04 at 9:24pm
Oh, that was a very good thread. re: Sweeney Todd help
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re: Sweeney Todd help#12
Posted: 9/12/04 at 9:45pm
Ah yes...I remember it now.
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re: Sweeney Todd help#13
Posted: 9/12/04 at 10:17pm
I'm glad someone finally agrees with me that SWEENEY TODD is a book musical. It credits a book writer, and a genius one at that, forever disassociating itself with the opera category.
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re: Sweeney Todd help#14
Posted: 9/12/04 at 10:21pm
Why? Don't operas have librettists?
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re: Sweeney Todd help#15
Posted: 9/13/04 at 12:45am
Yeah, operas have librettos but that's often ostensible just the lyrics.
I think Sweeney Todd is, without a doubt, a book musical but its structure owes a lot to operetta and, while, it's not of that kind of lightheartedness, certainly resembles a Gilbert and Sullivan show over, say, Gypsy.
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re: Sweeney Todd help#16
Posted: 9/13/04 at 2:41pm
Back to the song:

Unless you will be taking your own accompanist to every audition and callback, assume that the pianist at the audition will not be able to sight read By The Sea. Sondheim is tricky in the best of circumstances and even those familiar with the songs can mess them up.

It doesn't matter how good you are if the pianist cannot do you justice.

Remeber it is your audition not the song's and you want to be your best.
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re: Sweeney Todd help#17
Posted: 9/13/04 at 2:44pm
Yeah Dolly - you could try to tackle Green Finch - I'm sure a 15 year old could relate to wanting to get out in the world. I think it is much more challenging vocally, though.
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