5.0 out of 5 stars
Sensational Sweeney!, 28 July 2007
Sondheim does it again with this truly enthralling thriller of a musical!
A great introduction to a truly wonderful piece that has made history and makes musicals what they are today.
Sondheim does not just take the norm and recreate it, but introduces new twists and turns in music that many sane composers would not dream of getting away with!
Here we have some musical theatre greats such as Patti Lupone playing the notorious 'Nellie Lovett'. A perfect cast, a woman that you can take seriously and plays this very gritty role believably. Many have a different idea of how to play 'Mrs Lovett', (ie. Angela Lunsbury putting a rather odd `human cartoon' like quality to her. A great actress but not suited in this way to the part, but it is indeed a pleasure to see the role taken on in different ways.)
We see such talent that is the actors playing and accompanying the show with their own live instrumentation. Only a handful of shows have seen the actors play in the orchestra as well. This adds a real twist and special quality to this ever great show.
The cd is cleverly made with connective dialogue in between pieces, helping a listener who may not be familiar with the show, to follow it easily and step by step.
A great introduction to musicals at their best. Great for any performers library. Comes neatly packaged in full coloured printed box with full libretto to all the words, so if musical or just a fan of singing, you may join in with all the stars of the show! Also included in this pamphlet are pictures of crew and actors and a brief history of the show.
Defiantly recommended to any musical fan, a good piece of endless listening!