Sweeney Todd in Concert

Sweeney Todd in Concert

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Director: Lonny Price

Cast: John Aler, Victoria Clark, Davis Gaines

     
 

The songs of Sweeney Todd are performed by Broadway greats Patti Lupone and George Hearn on this DVD. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include making-of featurette. ThisSee more details below

Overview

The songs of Sweeney Todd are performed by Broadway greats Patti Lupone and George Hearn on this DVD. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include making-of featurette. This Image release is notable for its outstanding sound quality, which should make it a great experience for any musical theater enthusiast.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Wayne Lewis
This production of Stephen Sondheim's beloved musical theater landmark began in New York, with the New York Philharmonic providing the music, and then went on the road to San Francisco, where its three-night stand at the Davies Symphony Hall is now the stuff of legend -- and thankfully, video. George Hearn, the original "Demon Barber of Fleet Street," now truly owns the role after more than 20 years' seasoning. Much the same could be said for Patti LuPone's comically rich portrayal of Mrs. Lovett. Also bringing considerable charm to the production are David Gaines and Lisa Vroman as the young lovers and erstwhile Doogie Howser M.D. star Neil Patrick Harris as Tobias Ragg. "Not While I'm Around," Ragg's big number, truly soars, thanks to Harris's heretofore unflexed vocal muscles. Timothy Nolan (as Judge Turpin), Stanford Olsen (Pirelli), and John Aler (Beadle) add to the general level of excellence. Standing in for their Gotham counterparts, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (under Robert Fisher's direction) bring their world-class brilliance to bear on the complex and wonderful score. While one misses the lavish trappings of the original Broadway presentation, this concert performance is not without its theatrical touches, from the dapper Victorian costumes to the rare but impeccably chosen props. The DVD, which includes a fascinating making-of piece on the production, is essential viewing for Sondheim fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2002
UPC:
0014381152920
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:12:00

Special Features

Includes "Making of" featurette

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. ACT I: Organ Prelude
2. Prologue
3. No Place Like London
4. The Barber and His Wife
5. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
6. The Worst Pies in London
7. Poor Thing
8. My Friends
9. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
10. Green Finch and Linnet Bird
11. Ah, Miss/Green Finch and Linnet Bird
12. Johanna
13. Pirelli's Miracle Elixir
14. The Contest
15. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
16. Wait
17. Pirelli's Death
18. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
19. Johanna (Judge's Song)
20. Kiss Me- Part I
21. Ladies in Their Sensitivities
22. Kiss Me- Part II (Quartet)
23. Pretty Women
24. Epiphany
25. A Little Priest
26. ACT II: God, That's Good!
27. Johanna (Quartet)
28. By the Sea
29. Wigmaker Sequence
30. The Letter
31. Not While I'm Around
32. Parlor Songs
33. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
34. City on Fire/Not While I'm Around
35. Kiss Me- Reprise
36. Lullaby
37. Final Scene- Part I
38. Final Scene- Part II
39. Final Scene- Part III
40. Final Scene- Part IV [2:50]
41. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
42. End Credits

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