Friday, October 21, 2011

June 25th, 2011 - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

So we're going away from Seattle for this one and over to the Lakewood Playhouse. It's about a 45 minute drive.

Have you heard of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street?

If not then I will Sondheimize you! That's funnier when said aloud.

He is this quirky musical lyricist and composer who composes excellent and catchy music and then creeps people out with his lyrics and story, in a really witty style. I love it.

<3 <3 <3 <3

Sweeney Todd is about an English man who was exiled from the country by corrupt men so that they could steal away his wife and child. He comes back 17 years later in disguise and opens up a barber shop.  A barber shop of REVANGE (think Megamind when reading that).

Below his shop is a place that sells meat pies that used to be made of really bad meat (probably rats and if Mrs. Lovett were quick enough cats) but her shop is all of the sudden booming because of a new secret ingredient.

Watch the song A Little Priest. It should win you over.

I'm sending you to the movie version which I don't particularly like but they did this song good.

There's a couple of other substories I didn't mention that all come together at the end. But it's excellent and should be seen! was a community theater production and all that that entails. I was mostly angry because the three old biddies in front of me could not keep their commentary to themselves. "OH MY GOD IS HE GOING TO PUT THAT MAN IN THE OVEN" " Yes. Yes he is.

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