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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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Pannic wrote:
Also, I don't think his voice is deep enough.


Do you mean in terms of range or his tessitura?


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Maybe both? :?

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I can understand the wooden accusation...I didn't feel the "romance" aspect of My Friends...that he's in a trance, "making love" to the razor.


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I can understand the wooden accusation...I didn't feel the "romance" aspect of My Friends...that he's in a trance, "making love" to the razor.




"making love" to the razor... :lol: Best thing Sondheim ever said!

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I can certainly tell that Len isn't aging all that well. :/


Yes, he isn't is he? It is just amazing to see how good looking he was in the "Little Night Music" movie.

I recently saw him in "Executive Decision" too which is interesting so if you guys are interested you should check that out :P.

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Do you mean in terms of range or his tessitura?


I personally find it uncomfortable to listen to him reaching the low notes. It sounds so forced to me.


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My favorite is George Hearn...I was literally nose-to-nose with my computer screen by the time he was finished with "Epiphany"! It really annoys me when people say he overacts, because he's playing to a large theatre, and he's insane for goodness sakes. People only say that because they've seen the movie, and it's a different medium.

I'm also a fan of André Bauer (the Austrian Sweeney) and I find it a pity that he's not well known. I'd always seen him in "lovable" roles (ie. the adorable Frank Crawley), so I was really surprised that he could play Todd as well as he did...His "Nicht ein Mann! NEIN!" and "Meine Lucy ist verlohren..." in Epiphany were just full of so much pain and anger that I almost cried.

David Hess (the 2007 tour Sweeney) was also very good. I disliked him until he started swinging off the set pieces during "Epiphany" and delivered the most hilarious "Little Priest" I have ever seen.[/i]

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My favorite is George Hearn...I was literally nose-to-nose with my computer screen by the time he was finished with "Epiphany"! It really annoys me when people say he overacts, because he's playing to a large theatre, and he's insane for goodness sakes. People only say that because they've seen the movie, and it's a different medium.


No they don't...Len Cariou did not shout (relatively) through his performance, and it was apparently terrifying. Sondheim had this to say about Cariou in a recent interview (2007)

"Len Cariou knew how to play murderous anger, this guy who played Sweeney originally."

http://www.filmmonthly.com/paul_fischer ... dheim.html

This would imply, at least according to Sondheim, that an exaggerated performance isn't necessary to be successful in the role on a stage.


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dolbinau wrote:
This would imply, at least according to Sondheim, that an exaggerated performance isn't necessary to be successful in the role on a stage.


Oh, sorry! That wasn't what I was implying. I love Len, too, and his final sequence (of which I have managed to find a video) is terrifying. :) The sort of people I'm talking about think Len is awful, too. I'm speaking of the "OMg!!11!!1 Jonny depp is soooo hott and evry1 else is bad Bcuz they suck" crowd out there who won't give theatre a chance.

I'm not saying that George's way is the way Sweeney has to be played, I'm just saying that I do not consider it overacting. Andre and Len are more subtly insane, and I adore them as well.

Sorry if I sounded narrow-minded while trying to complain about narrow-minded-ness. :-/

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There is actually plenty of foottage of Quilley doing Sweeney in a documentary about the original London production. I think it's on youtube.

To me Cariou is miles ahead of Hearn.

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There is also this audio recording.[/url]


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George Hearn. I don't even feel the need to explain. He was brilliant.


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Sweeney Hyde wrote:
George Hearn.

He had the best voice and delivery of all the Sweeney's I've heard/seen, in my opinion.


George Hearn... for the exact same reasons as stated in the above quote. ^^^

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