I saw Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tonight at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Musicals are kind of hit and miss for me. A lot of the 5th Ave musicals lately have merely taken pop or rock music, converted it to a Broadway sound, and woven into it some love story or come-from-behind tale of overcoming the odds. This year's entrant in that genre is a musical version of The Wedding Singer. (Anyone interested in those tickets? I got two I need to unload.)
Anyway, Sweeney Todd is a Steven Sondheim musical about revenge. The 5th Ave made it somewhat bawdy as well. I really liked it. It was fun and different. There just aren't enough musical pieces about cannibalism. Not even Rocky has a song about the cannibalism.