PHOTO RECALL: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Gets a New Do

News   PHOTO RECALL: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Gets a New Do The British penchant for re-imagining American musicals perhaps reached its zenith this year with the unique staging of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd.

Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone in the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd.
Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone in the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Director John Doyle boldly made a name for himself at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Nov. 3. As if casting Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone as Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett weren’t enough to draw in audiences, Doyle cut the company size in half and completely eliminated any orchestra, choosing instead to give each actor an instrument and have them play the score on stage and in character.

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Clockwise From Top Middle: Patti LuPone, Donna Lynne Champlin, Manoel Felciano and Michael Cerveris in the Broadway revival of <i>Sweeney Todd</i>.
Clockwise From Top Middle: Patti LuPone, Donna Lynne Champlin, Manoel Felciano and Michael Cerveris in the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd. Photo by Paul Kolnik