Saturday, October 6, 2007
SWEENEY TODD-THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
Opening December 21st is a movie I have been looking forward to for many years. I always enjoyed the music and listening to my friend Matt tell me about the story.
The original starred Angela Lansbury of Murder She Wrote fame. I was fortunate to see the recent revival starring Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris. The staging and direction blew me away, as did the story and the music.
The Stephen Sondheim musical is a dark and haunting, twisted tale of revenge. The story revolves around the murdering barber, Sweeney Todd, and Mrs Lovett, his pie-making accomplice, who disposes of the victims' bodies in an eerie, yet entrepreneurial fashion.
One of my favorite songs "Not While I'm Around," comes from this show and it also includes the haunting "Joanna," the highly inventive "A Little Priest" as well as the Broadway standard "Pretty Women."
The movie is directed by Tim Burton, the man behind Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and many other offbeat movies, and it stars one of my favorite actors, Johnny Depp, as well as Helena Bonham Carter, and Borat himself, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Alan Rickman.
Although I have not seen the movie I highly recommend it based on the story, the music, the cast and the often warped vision of Tim Burton.
Posted by Gpawilli at 6:28 PM