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Sweeney Todd

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

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.22.2015 | 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 09.22.2015 | 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 07.04.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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 | 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....

Surprising Wins At London Theater Prize

AP | Posted 02.18.2013 | Arts

LONDON -- Director Danny Boyle's Olympics opening ceremony has been named theater event of the year at London's Whatsonstage awards. Boyle's spectacu...

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.

WATCH: Stephen Sondheim: West Side Story Is 'Embarrassing'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Stephen Sondheim ain't a Jet or a Shark. In fact, he's not too crazy about his landmark musical, 'West Side Story,' at all. The famed composer/lyrici...

Broadway Legend Patti LuPone's Memoir

The Los Angeles Times | Charles McNulty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

When an actor is described as "turbulent" or "difficult," it's typically a euphemism for "a royal pain." Patti LuPone, one of the most celebrated musi...

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine "Passion" Gives Passion a Bad Name

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Passion is a depiction of romantic obsession and the subtly destructive ends to which romantic obsession can lead -- all of it outfitted with somber, totally humorless Sondheim songs.

Watch: Broadway's Stephen Sondheim Theatre Turns on Its Lights

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Sims

Stephen Sondheim, the creator of Sweeney Todd and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum joined the ranks of theatrical legends with the naming of a Broadway theatre in his honor.

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim Wants to Know

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

In celebration of Stephen Sondheim's eightieth birthday, his songs are being sung even more this year than they usually are -- which in Manhattan intimate rooms is quite often, to say the least.

The Art of the Podcast

Joseph Vella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Joseph Vella

I've always loved great listening. For me, that is the essence of an engaging music podcast. If I can recapture that lost art of listening in these noisy times then I've done my job.