Tigger of Kai wrote:Anyone attended Sweeney Todd? A throat-slashing cannibalistic English barber — seems like the kind of thing I'd enjoy. Apparently, Tim Burton's movie version starring Johnny Depp debuts next month. In Toronto now there's a production which.
There is a DVD of the stage show with what's his name and Angela Lansbury which is fabulously well done. The recent movie is rather good in spots and perhaps a bit better in the narrative, but leaves out some splendid material. It is such a definitive performance that it is hard to hear anyone else do it without comparing it to this original.
I always like a good story of revenge. Titus Andronicus by Shakespear is one along those lines which makes Sweeny Todd look tame. It is also available on a DVD underthe name Titus, if my memory is correct. There are numerous tales of bloody revenge in the English tradition going back to the ballad of Lambkin (Child 93), a builder who is stiffed for his work and who gets his revenge by killing the baby in the cradle. It is a fine old British tradition. As the Chorus puts it at the end of the Sweeny Todd, "To seek revenge may lead to hell, but everyone does it and seldom as well, as Sweeny Todd."
I am also very fond of a little remembered musical called Take Me Along. It starred Jackie Gleason along with Walter Pigeon and some other people. I have it on a CD which I like to play from time to time. It is rarely if ever performed any more, but Gleason can be appreciated from some films such as Papa's Delicate Condition if you can find any of his films od DVD other than The Hustler, which is very good but doesn't convey the comic talent of the man.