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Ahmanson Theatre
at the Music Center 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012
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4.1 / 5 Rated by 310 members
Review from Harriette Birnholz Knight
46 events 19 reviews

I had seen the Original Broadway production, once in New York and once in Los Angeles many years ago. This production is very, very different. It is scaled down, and is almost like Reader's Theater, however, once I got past the differences, I...continued

reviewed Mar 11 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
3 events 2 reviews

The production has not jelled, and has some glaring problems. Judge Turpin is not up to the part – he seems embarrassed by what he has to do, so he doesn’t do it. Without his menace, it makes no sense. Sweeny isn't deep or creepy enough. ...continued

reviewed Mar 12 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Julius Galacki
159 events 32 reviews

This is an over rated production - while well-sung and the orchestrations are interesting, it is very much meant to be a small theatre experience not an Ahmanson cavernous theatre experience. Really this is an inventively staged oratorio - rather...continued

reviewed Mar 18 2008 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

Winner of the 2006 Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Musical and Best Orchestrations
“The most addictively delicious dish on Broadway in years!” —Time Out New York
“The greatest musical of the past half-century has returned in a staging of the utmost force and originality!” —The Wall Street Journal
“A theatre-lover’s feast.  A riveting experience that grabs you by the throat and holds you awestruck till the end.” —NY 1 News_ _


Innovative, intimate and ingenious, this revolutionary new production of Sweeney Todd originated in London and was the most talked-about show by Broadway audiences last year.


Directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle, this dazzling reinvention of a magnificent musical thriller—where the band of devilish characters are all musicians—is set to stun Ahmanson and Mark Taper Forum theatergoers as never before.


The legendary demon barber, hell-bent on revenge, takes up with his enterprising neighbor in a delicious plot to slice their way through London’s upper crust. Justice will be served—along with lush melody, audacious humor and bloody good thrills.

*About Judy Kaye *

Judy Kaye (Mrs. Lovett) appeared in Sweeney Todd on Broadway last summer as Mrs. Lovett, a role she has previously played opposite Len Cariou, George Hearn, and David Cryer. She also starred on Broadway in Souvenir, A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. She also performed Souvenir at the York Theatre, where she was nominated for Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards, at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and in Los Angeles, where she received an Ovation Award nomination, Tucson, Phoenix and Westport, Conn. Ms. Kaye appeared in an acclaimed performance in Face the Music for the Encore Series in NY, and in LA’s Reprise Series in Zorba (Ovation Award nomination). Highlights of her career: Broadway: Phantom of the Opera (Tony Award, Drama Desk nomination); Mamma Mia! (Tony & Drama Desk Nominations); On the Twentieth Century (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Nomination); Ragtime (Theatre LA Ovation Award); Musetta in La Boheme; Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld; and Lucy Lockett in The Beggars Opera, all at the Santa Fe Opera. Other roles range from Sally in Follies, Maggie in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Penny in You Can’t Take It With You, Kitty Dean in The Royal Family to Mama Rose in Gypsy. She has appeared with symphony orchestras around the country and the world, and sung at the White House twice. She is the voice of Kinsey Millhone for the Sue Grafton/Random House Audio Book alphabet mystery series.

About David Hess   

David Hess (Sweeney Todd) Broadway credits include Sweeney Todd (Sweeney and Judge Turpin standby), and Annie Get Your Gun, where he played Frank Butler opposite Reba McEntire. He has appeared Off-Broadway in the Lincoln Center’s Dessa Rose, Prodigal, and Love in a Thirsty Land. Audiences around the country have seen him in the original cast of the Ragtime first national tour, as well as starring roles in regional theater, which include Rochester in Jane Eyre (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Award, Goodman Choice Award), Charlie in Shenandoah (Jeff Award nominee), the Baron in Grand Hotel (Barrymore nominee), Vittorio in Sweet Charity (Ben Payne nominee), and numerous productions as Kodaly in She Loves Me. Mr. Hess’s TV credits include “Dynasty,” “Dallas,” “One Life to Live,” “General Hospital,” “Young and the Restless,” and “The Guiding Light,” as well as film roles in Tennessee Nights and New York Crossing. He has been a soloist with the Des Moines Symphony, and he recently toured South Africa and Europe for Travel Channel’s “Fantasy Rails for Millionaires” with his beautiful actress wife, Joan Hess. David was also voted Outstanding Bandsman at Crystal Lake Junior High School in the eighth grade (he just wanted you to know).

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