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Best Sweeney? 

Who has played the best Sweeney Todd?
Len Cariou 24%  24%  [ 18 ]
George Hearn 55%  55%  [ 41 ]
Denis Quilley 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
Bob Gunton 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Kelsey Grammer 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Michael Cerveris 5%  5%  [ 4 ]
Johnny Depp 11%  11%  [ 8 ]
Other 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 74

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Hearn.

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i think George Hearn's sweeney is the best. i love the combinations of his favil expressions, his acting, his voice, and the amount of passion that he puts into the character (especially "epiphany" :D )

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Hearn all the way for me, even though I am interested to see how Johnny Depp does with it.

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Cariou, no doubt. He makes Hearn's performance look like that of an over-zealous high school wannabe.

Sweeney Hyde, you have got to get yourself to Lincoln Center and see the archival video of the OBC. I don't see how anyone could ever possibly label Hearn the "better actor" having seen that. It's like Laurence Olivier v. Adam Sandler.


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I would, however, I am not a member of Actor's Equity, and I understand you need to be in order to view those recordings?

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No, you don't have to be in any union. Just make sure you make an appointment and reserve the video before you get there. You will also need to sign up for a NYC Public Library card if you don't already have one. I was able to get mine on-site just before I went in to view it.

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Thank you...I will be sure to check it out on one of my trips to NYC...possibly as early as this Spring...

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George Hearn was the worst Sweeney. Hands down. He read "Demon Barber of Fleet Street" and decided to play him so. Not one sympathetic scene in the whole show. Too maniacal and over the top. Sweeney is supposed to be an anti-hero. That is the point of the show.

Len Cariou gave Sweeney that much needed bit of romanticism. Especially during "Pretty Women" and "Johanna". His chemistry with Lansbury was legendary. No other Sweeney/Lovett captured it better. Cariou literally gave his voice away to the piece. His death scene was so realistic it frightened me for days.


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I've heard Len Cariou (OBCR) and seen clips of George Hearn, and by what little I can go by I have to say Len Cariou.

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I actually prefer Thomas Allen for some unknown reason... Don't get me wrong I love Cariou and Hearn but Allen for me....For some reason his voice and physicality(from the pics I've seen) just worked from me. I really hope that we will play this role again in the very near further(anyone wanna call the Met?)

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ActingDude17 wrote:
I've heard Len Cariou (OBCR) and seen clips of George Hearn, and by what little I can go by I have to say Len Cariou.


My opinion's changed. They're practically tied, but I voted for Hearn.

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Dots Parasole wrote:
George Hearn was the worst Sweeney. Hands down. He read "Demon Barber of Fleet Street" and decided to play him so. Not one sympathetic scene in the whole show. Too maniacal and over the top. Sweeney is supposed to be an anti-hero. That is the point of the show.
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Though I wouldn't say George Hearn was the worst Sweeney, I agree with you :).


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