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Information that Broadway’s Tony Awards will head uptown on Sunday to the luxurious United Palace (a couple of blocks from the place I are living) made me take into account Stephen Sondheim’s swell track bringing up Washington Heights…

…which then precipitated Chris’s Cache to dig out two opera-house variations of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd that includes Bryn Terfel / Judith Christin and Thomas Allen / Felicity Palmer.

Sweeney is lately on Broadway in a revival nominated for 8 Tonys starring Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford. Since tickets to that display on the Lunt-Fontanne Theater are wickedly pricey, I’ve been steadily coming into the Broadway Direct lottery which provides $30 tickets to each and every efficiency.

Ten days in the past, I gained (!) which landed me within the entrance row 4 toes at the back of the conductor.

I’ve been an Ashford fan, however I in reality knew not anything about Groban as opposed to his casting led to a large uproar when it was once introduced closing yr. It was once my 5th are living Sweeney and the pair labored in combination superbly, and I loved it immensely. I did marvel what the entire shrieking Groban lovers at the back of me had been making of the bloody romp; it struck me greater than ever what a powerful opera it’s. The 2 productions on nowadays’s Chris’s Cache show that vital opera firms have agreed.

A prior Sweeney come upon of mine that includes Brian Stokes Mitchell and Christine Baranski seemed on a Trove Thursday installment 3 years in the past.


Sondheim: Sweeney Todd

Mrs. Lovett: Judith Christin
Johanna: Celena Shafer
Beggar Lady: Sheri Greenawald
Sweeney Todd: Bryn Terfel
Anthony Hope: Nathan Gunn
Tobias Ragg: David Cangelosi
Pass judgement on Turpin: Timothy Nolen
Beadle Bamford: Matthew Lord
Pirelli: Bonaventura Bottone
Jonas Fogg: Roger Honeywell

Conductor: Paul Gemignani

Lyric Opera of Chicago
27 November 2002
In-house recording

Sondheim: Sweeney Todd

Mrs. Lovett: Felicity Palmer
Johanna: Rebecca Evans
Beggar Lady: Rosalind Plowright
Sweeney Todd: Thomas Allen
Anthony Hope: William Dazeley
Tobias Ragg: Doug Jones
Pass judgement on Turpin: Jonathan Veira
Beadle Bamford: Robert Tear
Pirelli: Bonaventura Bottone
Jonas Fogg: Matthew Rose

Conductor: Paul Gemignani

Royal Opera Space, Covent Lawn
17 December 2003
Broadcast

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