"First impressions on Broadway last a lifetime. As a Christmas gift, my best friend in high school got us tickets to the original production of Sweeney Todd. From our homes in suburban Baltimore, we took the Amtrak to New York City the day after Christmas in 1979 and saw the matinee at the Uris Theatre (now the Gershwin). It's a cavernous house, and Hal Prince's production — much like its longterm current tenant, Wicked — filled the whole space with scenery, ambiance, magic. But even though that epic world dominated the environment, the show's stars were able to break thru and land the most astonishing moments which I'll never forget. To this day, I can still feel Angela Lansbury bringing the house down with laughter, slinging that rolling pin down on 'The Worst Pies in London.' Then later, with Ken Jennings as Toby, breaking my 16-year-old heart with 'Nothing’s Going to Harm You' in a blue-lit special up stage left."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.