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A Great Musical, A Great Orchestration, Some Lacklustre Vocals!
on 28 May 2008
The show is a masterpeice of modern theatre as well as modern musical theatre and the orchestration in this version demonstrates this. Although rather different to the original but I really cannot take Cerveris seriously as an evil barber from London's Fleet Street (harsh american notes slip in a lot, why? (and no being american is not an excuse)). Also, as much as I do love LuPone's voice (I have practically every recording of theatre she has done) it does not really fit the role of Mrs. Lovett (in my opinion) where I may make the bizarre suggestion that Bonham-Carter's untrained voice was better.
Overall this is a good version, let down (in my honest opinion) by the vocals. I would suggest that you buy "Original Broadway Cast" as it is arguably the best of the three most well known versions (this, OBC and Film).