26. September 2005 · Comments Off on Close Enough For … Sondheim? · Categories: imported, Ramble

If you recall, I wrote about the new production of Sweeney Todd a while back. The actors/singers on stage will also be instrumentalists. Each and every one. (Not that there are very many; they’ve reduced the number of performers to ten.) I have reservations about the production. I find it difficult to believe that they’ve managed to find ten performers who are also accomplished instrumentalists. But I’m a skeptic.

Still, read this article and maybe you’ll be a skeptic too.

I do wonder what reviewers will do with this. Will they go easy on the actors … especially since one of them is Patti Lupone? She is a fabulous performer and I usually love what she does. (I thought was incredible in Passion.) What they would butcher coming from the pit might they be careful about when it’s coming from a well known, talented actor?

Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Then again, maybe the performers will be stellar and this will catch on. One more way to keep us lowly folk out of the pit, you know?

Naw, I’m not bitter. Not at all. Kick us out of ballet. Cut out some instruments and put a synthesizer in our places. Give an actor our parts. I’ll just sit at home, watch the soaps and eat bon bons — once I figure out what a bon bon is! 😉

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