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Sweeney Todd (Hearn/Lansbury DVD)

Now out on DVD after over 20 years since it was first filmed (and nearly as long since I first saw it). Undeniably Sondheim's grandest, most operatic work. This production reinforces the view that Sweeney is best served by magnificent voices by principals and chorus alike. (The OA production a few years ago was similarly blessed.) Hearn is even more histrionic than I remember him but it almost always works and in any case is much preferably to the rather limpid George Hearn on the OBC. Some of the acting is rather broad, but forgivable given that it's a filmed stage performance of an over-the-top melodrama. I still think that the part of Mrs Lovitt is bigger than it deserves to be. The final sequence is as powerful as ever.


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