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Sweeney Todd

Dr Zack Addy Returns to Bones: a Q & A with actor Eric Millegan

Xaque Gruber | Posted 12.16.2016 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Fans of the long running FOX series, Bones, are rejoicing over the news that much beloved character, Dr. Zack Addy, played by actor Eric Millegan, wil...

Heidi Stober: A Break-Through Performance as 'Norina' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 10.11.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Soprano Heidi Stober springs to new heights as Norina in Don Pasquale at San Francisco Opera. With her opening night performance Stober marked a smashing entrance into bel canto opera and sparked what looks like a long-term association with composer Gaetano Donizetti and friends. Who around here knew she could sing like that?

Red Scare: "Sweeney Todd" and "The Crucible" at Glimmerglass

Opera Teen | Posted 08.31.2016 | Arts
Opera Teen

Read Part I of the Glimmerglass Weekend reviews here. With its commitment to producing an American musical in rep with three traditional operas, the ...

Rob McClure Of The Broadway Hit 'Something Rotten!' Describes His Day

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 07.25.2016 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

Rob McClure knows the exact moment when he first understood the transformative power of live theater.

Baritone Brian Mulligan - Bracing Up for 'The Fall of the House of Usher' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.02.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Opening Tuesday, December 8 at San Francisco Opera is the U.S. premiere of a double-bill of Gothic horror - two versions of Edgar Allan Poe's classic ...

Sing Out, Luisa!

George Heymont | Posted 11.29.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

For several decades, a debate has raged over whether the voices of opera singers should be used to sing the musical theatre repertory. San Francisco Opera's General Director, David Gockley, was at the forefront of including musical theatre when he was General Director of the Houston Grand Opera.

Daphne Rubin-Vega in Empanada Loca: Notes From the Underground

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.13.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Aaron Mark's play, Empanada Loca, a dramatic monologue that zips by in 95 minutes, starts in the dark. A voice, a light, and then Dolores! As Dolores,...

Stephanie Blythe on 'Mrs. Lovett' - Now at San Francisco Opera through 9/29

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.18.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Is Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd an opera -- or what? The work has been around for thirty-six years and known all around the world -- challenging labels, accommodating professional and academic venues, always a kaleidoscope of actors who sing and singers who act.

San Francisco Opera's Meaty and Delicious Sweeney Todd

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 09.22.2016 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

So there's music for mind and ear here, as one would expect from Sondheim. Many consider Sweeney Todd his masterpiece. The songs certainly suit operatic voices, although not every opera singer could move so nimbly from ballad to music-hall bawdiness and back again.

Afloat Once More on San Francisco Opera's Show Boat...and in Its Wake, 'Sweeney Todd'

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 07.04.2016 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

I just had one of the best opera experiences of my life, attending San Francisco Opera's terrific production of The Trojans, with its gorgeous music by Hector Berlioz, monumental sets and some of the best singers performing today.

The Tonys, 'Fun Home' and Kids

Barry Singer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

This year, however, two things intrigue me: My kids' first-time stake in the proceedings, and Fun Home. Lea and Sara have seen a lot of Broadway theater this season. As a result, they feel personally invested in their Tony connection to You Can't Take It With You, On the Town, An American in Paris, Something Rotten!, The King and I. Each show is real to them.

Masterpiece Musical Theatre

George Heymont | Posted 03.06.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Two well-established musical masterpieces returned to Bay area stages last fall in exceptional productions which proved, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the strength and vitality of each work's score and libretto. The fact that they were so beautifully performed only added to the audience's sense of artistic fulfillment.

Matthew Jacobs

Things All Movie Musicals Need To Succeed

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 06.23.2014 | Entertainment

We're in the thick of a movie-musical renaissance. Ignited by the success of "Moulin Rouge!" and "Chicago" in the early 2000s, we've seen a steady wav...

Aisle View: The Demon Barber of Lincoln Center

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There is always a place for a production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd, especially one that gives us an oversized orchestra filling the hall with Sondheim's masterful score.

Making Sondheim Sing: Interview with Michael Mahler, Music Director of Chicago Shakespeare's Road Show

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.26.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

The show returns, in yet another revised format, to Chicago, and I had the chance to speak with the production's Music Director, Michael Mahler, about the show's evolution and musical language.

What Happened To The Old Johnny Depp?

Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.04.2013 | Entertainment
Matthew Jacobs

Johnny Depp made a name for himself by playing eccentric characters, each more interesting than the last. Lately he's exchanged that legacy for one that's saturated in populist fare and dull executions. What happened to the old Johnny Depp?

Standing On An Important Stage

Howard Sherman | Posted 06.12.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

I have seen Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd many times over the years, probably more than any single show. It has thrilled me, scared me, impressed me...

A Conversation With Betty Buckley

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

For Buckley playing a female impersonator in Drood was pivotal. Not only did she earn a tony award, the part would lead to a longstanding fascination with singing classic standards that were written for men.

Locals Protest High School 'Sweeney Todd' Production

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.14.2013 | Arts

A local staging of Stephen Sondheim's macabre musical, "Sweeney Todd," is causing a small but significant uproar in Woodbridge, Connecticut this week....

Movie Review: Frankenweenie

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm not one who worships at the altar of Tim Burton, probably disliking his films as often as I am moved by them. But I fell hard for Frankenweenie, an extrapolation of a short film Burton made almost 30 years ago.

Can You Hear Me Now?

George Heymont | Posted 10.05.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

2012-08-05-Heymont.jpg During the 30-year period from 1970 to 2000, the wall between contemporary opera and musical theater was pretty thoroughly demolished.

Delightfully Dark, Sweeney Todd, a Must See

David Duran | Posted 09.15.2012 | San Francisco
David Duran

I had the pleasure of attending opening night of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Eureka Theater. The Ray of Light Theatre production was absolutely stunning and worth the modest ticket price.

Reflections on a Teaching Career

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 06.19.2012 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

This is the last week of classes and last week of my full-time employment in academia. I never intentionally aimed to be a teacher. That said, I also never regretted being one.

Accidents Caused By Wearing Headphones On The Rise

| Posted 03.05.2012 | Teen

Every week, HuffPost High School rounds up the best local news stories about high school students from across the country through our friends at Patch...

True Grit and the Truth about Revenge

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Thane Rosenbaum

The cultural moment where True Grit finds itself as one of America's most popular films is neither surprising nor necessarily of its own making.