Playbill Poll: Our Readers Share Their Favorite Musicals on Screen
29 Sep 2013
Adrienne Leonard McDonald:Sweeney Todd with Angela Lansbury! She is amazing! Garrett Canna: If we're talking about filmed stage shows, it's the Lansbury/Hearn Sweeney Todd hands down.
Captured live during the national tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway production, the taping of Sweeney Todd features three of the original Broadway stars, including Angela Lansbury reprising her Tony-winning performance as Mrs. Lovett, Ken Jennings as Tobias and Edmund Lyndeck as Judge Turpin. Also featured are Tony Award winner George Hearn in the title role, Cris Groenendaal as Antony and Betsy Joslyn as Johanna.
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.