FAREWELL SWEENEY TODD!

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Farewell, Sweeney!#76
Posted: 9/3/06 at 11:09pm
Yes, please more! What did Michael and Patti say in their speeches? Anything "extra" in the show because it was the last performance?
"Blow out the candles, Robert, and make a wish. Want something. Want something."

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Farewell, Sweeney!#77
Posted: 9/3/06 at 11:11pm
Yeah - did they really kill someone, like the Broadway version of a snuff film?
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Farewell, Sweeney!#78
Posted: 9/3/06 at 11:11pm
I just listened to Not While I'm Around. And now I'm a sobbing mess.
What the puck?!
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Farewell, Sweeney!#79
Posted: 9/3/06 at 11:20pm
Thank you to everyone who has already commented.
Thank you also to those who were at today's final two shows.
Your experience, I'm sure, will not soon be forgotten.
It seems extraordinary.
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Posted: 9/3/06 at 11:20pm
I realized at about 7:30 that I *could* have gotten down there for the last show, when I thought Friday night it wasn't possible. THAT was seriously depressing.
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Posted: 9/3/06 at 11:29pm
Farewell, Sweeney!
"Blow out the candles, Robert, and make a wish. Want something. Want something."

Wishes come true, not free.
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Farewell, Sweeney!#82
Posted: 9/3/06 at 11:31pm
i don't know what else to say.

no, nothing was different per se. i mean, each performance is genuine and unique ever time i see it. they all gave accurate and honest performances. but they were all very intense.

patti and michael both expressed their utter gratitude and thanks. they said the audience gave them a night they would never forget. also that the whole experience of the run was incredible and unlike anything any of them have ever done.

the stage door was a madhouse.

there were many many bww's there so i'm sure they'll all have more to say.

if anyone has any specific questions go ahead


ps. my icon is a single rose on the stage of sweeney todd. it was so beautiful.
Updated On: 9/3/06 at 11:31 PM
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Posted: 9/3/06 at 11:43pm
ahh... I'm SO upset... It was MAG-nif-I-cent! I'm so depressed... PATSY! Please start singing Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life for Me! Please?!?


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Posted: 9/3/06 at 11:46pm
I was right behind Cathy.

Basically, the show was more intensely emotional than I have ever seen it. The entire cast was ON and by the end of the show, the audience and the cast were just sort of crying together, but it's really hard to explain. The stagedoor was INSANE. It was the biggest crowd I've seen at Sweeney, or at nay place w/o a "star" in it.

Donna gave some people these really sweet gifts and letters, which was a very nice way to end this experience. Ummm, my brother had been SOBBING and Lauren gave him one of her prints posters to cheer him up. It was just really incredible. It really was hard though if you had seen the show before, and were a really big fan, knowing that this would be their last time doing the show.
"We don't value the lily less for not being made of flint and built to last. Life's bounty is in it's flow, later is too late. Where is the song when it's been sung, the dance when it's been danced? It's only we humans who want to own the future too." - Tom Stoppard, Shipwreck
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Farewell, Sweeney!#85
Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:01am
i was there and it was incredible. I love everyone in that cast. also, was it just me or did diana and patti hug eachother during Judge Turpin's scene when he's in court commend someone to "hang by the neck until you are dead". It was very out of character but very sweet.

I got to meet patti lupone's son. He was very cool. I told him that i liked his mom and that i can't say that to everyone. He seemed amused.

And OH MY FRIGGEN GOD! Sondheim was there! I didn't get to see him, major disappointment. He bolted out before anyone could get him. I don't blame him though. He would have been mobbed.

May I add that It is so adorable how all the actors were sobbing. Patti while making her speech had to take very quick breaths because she was so overwhelmed with emotion. She seemed almost like a little girl.

Did anyone get to go backstage after I left?
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Farewell, Sweeney!#86
Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:02am
Tonight was amazing, sad, and exciting all at once. The audience threw so many flowers, Patti almost got hit by them many times. The show was just great (as always). Why does it have to end?
-jess- "I think every actor on the stage should have a shirt that says,'believe it or not-I'm doing my best.'" -Alan Rickman
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Farewell, Sweeney!#87
Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:03am
They did indeed hug in that scene. Also, Michael got hit in the eye with a rose.

Where were you guys sitting?
"We don't value the lily less for not being made of flint and built to last. Life's bounty is in it's flow, later is too late. Where is the song when it's been sung, the dance when it's been danced? It's only we humans who want to own the future too." - Tom Stoppard, Shipwreck
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Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:07am
oh yeah! did anyone else catch mcihael slip up in the very beginning. He must have been so overwhelmed with the show ending that he just totally blank. Although it was very cute.

"there's a whole in the world like a great black pit and the---"

In the matinee I was sitting in row A left orchestra. ON the final performance i sat right orchestra row G all the way at the end, by the curtain.
Updated On: 9/4/06 at 12:07 AM
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Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:07am
I don't think I have anything profound or terribly sappy to say other than that it was very beautiful, and I'm glad I was able to be there for it; falling in love with this show and Doyle's work has been a great experience. It is really sad to see such an outstanding show gone, but they went out on the note they deserved, that's for sure.
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Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:14am
It was an awesome perfomance. I think it was the best thing I've seen in my entire life. The cast was flawless, the audience was terrific (rock concert cheers greeted each act, a standing ovation began at the final blackout). Patti added high kicks to her tuba playing, also with great cheers. Sad, though, that it was on TKTS, still not sold out, a half hour before the curtain.

There was a 10 minute standing ovation following the bows, before the speeches even started. Roses were thrown to the cast. Michael and Patti made very nice speeches, thanking everyone involved, from John Doyle to Stephen Sondheim, who was in the 5th row (I had a very nice 2 minute converstaion with him). Patti was sobbing through her speech, prompting someone to scream out "We Love You Patti." Michael expressed his gratitude to the audience, beginning with "Some of you have been here before...." They brought out the standbys, with a special shout out to Merwin Foard, who "was the most underused talent in the cast."

The stage door scene was a madhouse. Patti was one of the first people out, signed autographs and took pictures. Lauren sold her last 3 t-shirts (1 to me) and poster prints. Michael and Mano were last out and were delighful. Michael's very good looking assistant (or girlfriend) was there with Gibson the dog, who loved the crowd.

I will never forget this night.
Updated On: 9/4/06 at 12:14 AM
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Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:19am
The day I saw this show was one of the happiest of my life, for so many reasons.

It's a pity to see they've all gone now.

I really think that Sweeney was a success story. No one expected such an artistically abstract show with a small cast, no dancing and no greet witches to last more than a couple of months. In light of the circumstances, Sweeney did very well and in staying open for almost a year, proved that serious art stil has a place on the New York stage. With Company coming (or going, seeing as that I'm writing this from Ohio) and more people paying attention, there may yet be a renaissance of intellectual musicals.

Good night and thank you, Sondheim, Doyle, LuPone, Cerveris, Sarah Travis (the genius behind the orchestrations) and company.

(and a nod to Mano Felciano. I loved him before there were fangirls.)
Updated On: 9/4/06 at 12:19 AM
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Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:27am
uh... hrmmm, we "fangirls" don't exactly like mano to be cool, you know.

did anyone get to go backstage?
Updated On: 9/4/06 at 12:27 AM
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Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:28am
I really wished I could have seen it one last time but honestly, I don't think I would have ever been satisfied and would always want "one last time."
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Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:29am
double post.
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Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:30am
I didn't see anyone go backstage, and I was there after the cast had left. Somone might have though while I couldn't see.
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Farewell, Sweeney!#96
Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:31am
Who said I counted you among the fangirls, Isabella? I don't know anything about you.

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Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:32am
it wasn't a very nice thing to say.
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Farewell, Sweeney!#98
Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:33am
did michael ever miss a sweeney performance?
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Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:34am
great pics!

my friend is friends with donna and she told him that they weren't gonna bring anyone backstage tonight. i mean, there may have been exceptions... but that's just what i know.
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Posted: 9/4/06 at 12:34am
No, Michael has never missed.

The curtain call order was the same as always.
I recognize the addiction to being alive.
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