Sweeney Todd At UNCG

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, TheatreLeave a Comment

ToddwebGood luck getting tickets.  We had to pull a few strings to get ours for Friday night (which was sold out).

Here’s what you missed: Emily Mark as Mrs. Lovett.  ‘Nuff said.

Oh, sure.  Zac Campbell’s menacing brooding Sweeney was a thrill.  And the actors who played Anthony, Joanna, and Judge Turpin also shined.  The ensemble was strong.  The set and costumes were amazing (this being closer to the original true Sweeney of Broadway, rather than the watered-down Patti Lupone revival).

But in such a dark story of revenge and lust, if Mrs. Lovett doesn’t succeed in bringing the funny, well — you just want to leave the theatre and kill yourself.  Fortunately, Emily was simply amazing.  Her strong voice was in full force and — for me — she stole the show in what was already a strong production.  And talk about impeccable comic timing.

I hear tell there’s an "Emily Mark" fan club on Facebook.  It’s no wonder.  She’s really really good.

Can you tell I’m a fan, too?