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SWEENEY TODD with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton
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Author:  RainbowJude [ Fri Nov 06, 2009 8:43 am ]
Post subject:  SWEENEY TODD with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton

I'm not particularly big on either, also perhaps this will be more exciting news for some of you than it is for me:

Mark Shenton at Playbill wrote:
Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton are set to star in a new production of Sondheim's 1979 Broadway musical Sweeney Todd, that will open at Chichester Festival Theatre in the 2011 summer season, ahead of a projected West End transfer. The production has not been officially announced yet, but according to a report in London's Daily Mail, it is to be directed by Jonathan Kent.

In fairness, I am more enthusiastic about Staunton than Ball, but I feel like everything Staunton does lately relies on the same bag of tricks. Early days, I guess. Who knows what can happen in a year and a half?

Author:  Mistress [ Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:15 am ]
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Michael Ball I'm iffy on (if he's playing Sweeney-I think he'd be able to pull off Anthony, but he's probably too old) But I'd die to see Staunton play Lovett! I didn't even know she could sing! She'll be awsome, that's for sure...

Author:  Yakko [ Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:56 am ]
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Okay why Michael Ball????

Author:  Mistress [ Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:06 am ]
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That was sorta my question...I honestly cannot see him as Sweeney is any way, shape or form.

Author:  dolbinau [ Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:06 pm ]
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This is so strange.

A few months ago there was a random entry on wikipedia saying Michael Ball will star in the "London revival". No Source or anything. I'm very surprised it has actually turned out to be true...and they've announced it so early. Does '2011 summer season' literally mean in 2011?

Author:  kozafluitmusique [ Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:08 pm ]
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OMG.

Author:  Yakko [ Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:14 pm ]
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Mistress wrote:
That was sorta my question...I honestly cannot see him as Sweeney is any way, shape or form.



EXACTLY! He is beyond wrong for the role. He can never bring any darkness the role needs.

Author:  Jester-Jester Johnson [ Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:17 pm ]
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I mean when I think of Sweeney Todd, Michael Ball immediately comes to mind... :(

Author:  ActingDude17 [ Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:39 pm ]
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Not so psyched on Ball, but Staunton I have high expectations for.

Author:  dolbinau [ Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:40 pm ]
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Broadway transfer with Bernadette!PLEASE.

Then she can win a 3rd Tony, one-up Patti for her nomination and make it 'even' since Patti won for Gypsy.

Author:  Jekkienumber24601 [ Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:02 am ]
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Michael's voice has shifted lower since he was marius and also he showed some real menace through Count Fosco in Woman in White. I actually think he's gonna be good.

Author:  Canadian Drama Geek [ Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:44 am ]
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Well, I love Michael Ball in anything he does, but I agree; this does seem to be like a bit of a miscasting. But who knows? Maybe he'll surprise us all. I certainly hope so.

Imelda Staunton as Mrs. Lovett seems like a really good casting to me, though. I seriously can't wait 'til that happens. :D

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