Minh’s Notes

Human-readable chicken scratch

Minh Nguyễn
April 17th, 2005
High School


The buchery, the sheer buchery!

Friday night, I was obligated to attend the tale of Sweeney Todd – the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, for all of you not in the know. It was, shamefully, the first tX play I’d attended in two years (the last was Godspell). I had to come to this one because not only was it the last play that my classmates Steven Gunn and Rick Coffey would be starring in; on top of that, four or so of my former classmates from St. Columban were part of the show as well!

It was incredibly well-coreographed, well-directed, well-sung, and well-performed. I don’t know how much of that was thanks to Steven Sondheim, and how much was due to the genius of Ms. Mascari & Co.

The triumvirate of stars – Rick Coffey as Mr. Todd himself, Becca Dorff as Mrs. Lovett, and Joe Moeller as Anthony – absolutely blew me away with their very real emotions, even as they sometimes sang the most slapstick songs.

I guess if you want to get picky – and I do want to get picky – there were just a few nitpicks for me. For next week, I suppose:

That there was really only one thing that I can point out as a possible flaw in the show is amazing. For a person who will probably never get the chance to visit Broadway, this is very close. It was well worth the $10 I paid for a back-row seat.

Thank you very much, tX, for all your hard work and time spent. People will be talking about this one for a long time to come. And greetings to my many former classmates that worked on it:

(And a little sidenote: in perusing the show program, I noticed that no one used the word ecstatic this time.)

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll head over to Harrison’s for a bit of Shepherd’s Pie. :^)

[Update] Please see Rick’s response.