Sweeney Todd: Sondheim's Macabre Musical Thriller
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Perhaps I am one of the few English-speaking people on the planet to have never seen or read the Sweeney Todd play or movie until this week. I didn't know how difficult it would be to rally enthusiasm about any of its characters. I wish I liked the musical. It is no fault of this production that I felt I had to WORK to care about the libretto--who can relate to socio-paths who slaughter and bake humans? Then there were times I could not apprehend the words sung by the actress portraying the Joanne character. "Joanne's" high pitch frequently obliterated her words. But maybe this problem is integral to the type of voice hired for this role.. Whatever the reason, her songs often are unpleasant to hear. (And wardrobe should give her a different dress and wig....I was disconcerted by how much she looks like a down-and- out Disney heroine enactor.)
On the positive side: many performers have great voices and complimentary acting skills. You will enjoy Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd,
the Villain /Warden, and several members of the minor cast. The set is clever. I wish I could fully endorse this play because it is clear that the company has worked hard on making it come to stage.
LTA presents this gleeful and ghoulish musical thriller, with haunting music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. This sensational story of murder and meat-pies tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years of being wrongly accused of false charges. Will he get the revenge he seeks?
About the Ticket Supplier: The Little Theatre of Alexandria
Founded in 1934, The Little Theatre of Alexandria began as a small play-reading group in Old Town Alexandria under the Presidency of Miss Mary Lindsey. Full productions ensued, and in 1939 the group bought a rickety former blacksmith's shop located in Ramsey Alley, between Lee and Fairfax streets, for rehearsal space and construction of sets and costumes. Since 1934, the theatre has mounted over 300 productions.
Today, LTA is the oldest award-winning theater in the Washington metro area and one of only a few community theaters in the country with its own building and an ambitious 7-show season. Proud of their rich heritage, LTA is excited about its future. They may be a little theater, but their expectations are gigantic.