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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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I cant believe Denis Quilley has no votes and yet erveris and Depp do.

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I cant believe Denis Quilley has no votes and yet erveris and Depp do.


Neither. Why are these people voting for actors they have actually seen/heard their performances of? It just doesn't make sense why they wouldn't vote for an obscure Sweeney featured on no commercial recordings who played the role 20 years ago.


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In the Random Facts Thread, Pannic wrote:
I'm watching Sondheim: The Birthday Concert. Michael Cerveris is singing Sweeney Todd stuff. I think he's greatly improved on that since the revival. He actually sounds like a baritone now.

As a listening experience, the revival isn't a patch on the OBC. Everything in the revival just sounds so forced - although I can't really say that Cerveris's general sound was one of the things that bothered me.

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I've only heard Len Carirou's Epiphany, and watched the movie with Johnny Depp.

BUT, my Intro To Theatre class watched the version with George Hearn & Angela Lansbury last week to end our play viewings of the semester. I looooved the way Hearn interpreted Sweeney; so maniacal, yet comical at the same time. I absolutely adored the way he delivered Epiphany; SO much feeling and anguish!

Therefore, my vote goes for George Hearn, hands down.


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George Hearn
Len Cariou
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Denis Quilley


Though I really wish that Kelsey Grammer did a recording of Sweeney Todd. I would love to see how he portrayed the role

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I think Thomas Allen and Bryn Terfel deserve mentions.

Even if Bryn Terfel only has "Epiphany" and "A Little Priest" recorded.


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I'm only going to rank the Sweeney's I've either seen, or heard close to complete recordings of. I think it's unfair to rank based off of only one or two songs.

1) Len Cariou
2) George Hearn (1982)
3) George Hearn (Concerts)
4) Marc Jacoby
5) Johnny Depp
6) Michael Cerveris


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Personally, I like Hearn the best, but I think that's simply because I was introduced to Sweeney Todd through the Hearn/Lansbury recorded performance DVD. I just love how, after Lovett says 'Good, ya got it?' in A Little Preist, he actually comes out with a full-on "HA!!". Most Sweeney'd I've taken a listen to kind of mutter "Ah..."

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I voted for Cariou because most were voting for Hearn. It is a toss up for me.

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Post Re: Best Sweeney?
1) George Hearn
2) Len Cariou
3) Bob Gunton
4) Denis Quilley
5) Thomas Allen

of the Sweeneys I've heard or seen.


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