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Norkin on Sondheim


Sweeney Todd was a clear Tony and Drama Desk winner as outstanding musical for the 1978-79 season and received additional accolades in an intimate revival a decade later off-Broadway.

At a preview of the original Broadway version I was overwhelmed by director Harold Prince's startling effects. The somber tone was set as a gaunt organist, dressed like a chimney sweep, came slinking in to his keyboard and sounded his gloomy, foreboding chords. A girdered ramp bridged the stage overhead and menaced everything beneath it as it ground and rotated to different positions. We were then treated to blood-spurting throat slittings, accompanied by screeching blasts from factory whistles. Next, Stephen Sondheim gave us a patter song, in the manner of a W. S. Gilbert gone mad, celebrating cannibalism, as Angela Lansbury described the wide selection of her human meat pies. In that preview an elderly judge stripped to the waist in a frenzy of self-flagellation to appease his lust for Sweeney Todd's young daughter. I left the theater stirred by what I had seen but doubtful that the critics or the public would accept it. How foolish of me to think they were any different.





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