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Again, like 'John Adams' - a doodly/bloggy thing in reaction to, in this case, Sweeney Todd. One page.




edit: close-ups of the details can be seen at the DeviantArt.

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Date: 2008-04-24 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] makkabee.livejournal.com
A charming film. I wish I could have seen Angela Landsbury playing the female lead in the original cast though -- the Disney genration doesn't realize it but she used to specialize in playing evil characters.

My one regret with the musical is that the dreadfully dull cliche "innocent sailor boy in love" character doesn't die a horrible death. He's actually the only one I really hated. The villains were very villainous, of course, but he's the only character who I thought polluted the screen. His only decent bit was his interaction with the fellow running the mental ward.

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Date: 2008-04-24 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fiveslashfour.livejournal.com
Yeah, he's a little creepy. "I FEEEEEEEEEL YOOOOOOOUUU..."

I do like the fact that they at least bypassed the 'brave strapping young lad' type and made him kinda... doofy, almost.

There was a second page to this that I started and never finished which was essentially "everyone in this movie is crazy except poor Toby." And I've read what happens to poor Toby in the original.

(We're going to see a local high school do this play next week. It should be, uh... interesting.)

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Date: 2008-06-05 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] makkabee.livejournal.com
I hope they don't interfere too badly with the lyrics. I still have PTSD memories of my high school production of Kiss Me Kate where the director changed Cole Porter's lyrics (the phrase "changed Cole Porter's lyrics" still makes me slightly ill) from "I'm a maid mad to marry and will marry with no qualm // any Tom, Dick or Harry, any Harry, Dick or Tom" to "I'm a maid mad to marry and will marry with no qualm // any Tom Dick or Harry, any Larry, Rick or Bob."

He SAID he didn't want the repetition. The cast was convinced he just didn't want our bianca singing something that sounded like "hairy dick."

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Date: 2008-06-05 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fiveslashfour.livejournal.com
If there were any huge changes (besides trailing off on 'filled with people who are filled with shit'), I didn't notice.

Because the guy they cast as Sweeney COULD NOT SING. I understand it's high school and you have to trade off on the singing sometimes if they're a decent actor, but he also COULD NOT ACT. Neither could Anthony.

If they'd cast their Toby as Anthony and their Judge Turpin as Sweeney (the only reason the Turpin didn't get the part, IMO, is because he was kinda hefty), we'd've been okay. Missus Lovett was a hoot, and their Joanna was lovely, but both of them suffered from the faults of their male counterparts.

You can't be slow with Sondheim. You can't be off with Sondheim.

It was... ugh. I was cringing the whole time. It doesn't help that the soundtrack's so ingrained in my brain that I know exactly which notes they're not hitting.

Oh, and the stage crew wore street clothes. Just... plain old street clothes. Jeans and t-shirts with print on them - not even cast shirts. They did mid-scene, lights-up scenery changes. That drove me UP A WALL. At the very least they could've asked them to dress like the chorus (red and black shirts/pants/leotards/whatever).

HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE: SRS BZNS.

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