Friday night I had the pleasure of attending Social Media Night with Great Lakes Theater in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. This special evening included a special showing of Sweeney Todd at the Hanna Theatre, which is part of the PlayhouseSquare district I toured at a previous Ohio Blogging Association Meetup.
We were invited to attend a pre-show discussion between Producing Artistic Director Charles Fee and Director Victoria Bussert in the Salon room of the theatre. There we heard the inside scoop on the planning and hard work that goes into a production. Fortunately the plot line was not spoiled during the discussion. I was one of only a handful of attendees who had never seen this production.
Prior to attending I purposely did not read up on the production. All I knew was it was a “murder mystery” of sorts. During the discussion I learned it would be a gore-filled evening. I truly didn’t know what to expect. During the discussion I sipped on the production’s signature cocktail, aptly named “Barber’s Revenge” after the title character, Sweeney Todd, who is a barber.
The production is about 2 hours and 20 minutes and includes an intermission. The show definitely kept my attention and I’m happy to report the gore was not too much for me. As for the actual storyline of Sweeney Todd, I’m still formulating my opinion. I did enjoy the acting, I thought the Great Lakes Theater troupe did a wonderful job. They also got the Sweeney Todd chorus line stuck in my head for several days! I’m just not sure yet if I’m going to become a Stephen Sondheim fan.
Have you seen Sweeney Todd before? What were your thoughts?
Disclosure: I was provided one ticket to the production for myself and one drink ticket in exchange for writing a blog post about my experience. All opinions and thoughts here are my own.