Sweeney Todd

Entertainment Weekly recently released a special issue of The 100 All-Time Greatest in Movies, TV, Music, Books and Plays.  This issue included a Top 10 Greatest Musicals List.  Of the top ten listed, four of the musicals were MTI titles – including RENT, WEST SIDE STORY, SWEENEY TODD and the number one musical, GUYS AND [...]

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Thirty-one years ago this week, Broadway saw the last of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. Granted, the then-new 1981 Stephen Sondheim musical had a hard act to follow: SWEENEY TODD, the 1979 musical (or opera, if you insist) that most everyone agrees is the composer-lyricist’s masterpiece. So MERRILY closed – after 16 performances. While word-of-mouth during [...]

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Attend the tale of Benjamin Barker. Well, that’s Sweeney Todd’s real name, isn’t it? Or so Mrs. Lovett tells us three songs into the 1978-1979 Tony-winning musical. But if you’re considering presenting the Stephen Sondheim – Hugh Wheeler masterpiece, you’ll of course use the title SWEENEY TODD. Not simply because you’re contractually obligated, but more [...]

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Because it’s Women’s History Month, the MTI Marquee has developed a new series focused on the individuals being celebrated during the month of March. homework solutions The lion’s share of fierce women’s roles exist in musical theatre – and just as many delightful divas have embodied these characters, portraying them with ease & grace & [...]

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On March 9, 2012 a group of “prickly, opinionated writers on the arts” gathered for lunch at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark, United Kingdom. These giants of artistic criticism congregated not to discuss the Factory’s production of ABIGAIL’S PARTY. And though MTI family member, Stephen Sondheim was in attendance, the group did not come [...]

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If your theatre is looking for a show that showcases the thrills and chills of the Halloween season, look no further than these 10 MTI titles.  Whether you’re following the exploits of a blood-sucking vampire (or plant), losing your direction in a madcap fairy tale, or haunting a country rodeo, each of these shows is [...]

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The Employees of the Prestigious Paper (and printer) Company Dunder Mifflin Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd… Last night’s episode of NBC’s The Office featured an unprecedented performance of Stephen Sondheim‘s and Hugh Wheeler‘s SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET.  The episode began with Andy Bernard spontaneously bursting into the opening number of [...]

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JEKYLL & HYDE: This timeless tale of duality is a perfect metaphor for Halloween – a night when the mischievous imp in all of us holds sway.  Only, in Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse’s Tony nominated Broadway musical, mild-mannered Dr. Henry Jekyll’s alter ego, Edward Hyde, doesn’t just emerge once a year.  Wildhorn’s rock-pop score [...]

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In the sixth installment of our Marquee Q & A, actor Jesse Nager catches up with MTI’s Tyler Paul to discuss FAME, XANADU, and more… Jesse Nager, a talented actor and vocalist/musician, has been rewarded with a blossoming career in the industry. He premiered in the Off-Broadway production of FAME fresh out of his collegiate [...]

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The following is an article by our guest contributor Eric Kang – a talented Composer and Musical Director. The Worst Pies in London, and the Ultimate Fate of Mrs. Lovett There are few roles as complicated and difficult to perform as the diabolical pastry chef of Fleet Street in Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD / SWEENEY [...]

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