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Trepidatious... but excited

About the film version of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. I don't know if Johnny Depp can sing; I think he'll play the part magnificently. I feel the same about Helena Bonham-Carter. And Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin? (I don't know if he can sing, either, but Judge Turpin is a baritone, at least.)

Now I need to listen to the score again.

NaNo update:

16347 words.

Not too bad, considering I didn't do hardly a single thing this weekend on it - I spent most of the day playing with my new oven and rearranging my still-not-finished living room so we have a little more space. Maybe sometime this week we may be able to move furniture into the new rooms!

So far, we've baked little sweet potatoes (organic ones, from Trader Joe's - they're SOOOO good!!!), cooked a steak, some leftover pork loin, and frozen chicken nuggets. I can't really bake anything until I unpack the cookbooks and I have recipes to bake from! The oven has a "speed bake" cycle which is supposed to make for light, crusty breads. I have to try this. It's the Oven of the Future, and I need to keep the manual handy for simple things, like "how do you re-set the timer?"

Fun stuff!


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Nov. 12th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
I don't remember the singing in Truly Madly Deeply (obviously I need to see it again); and in the article Depp mentions his time in the band...

but as the article writer points out, this isn't just a musical. It's Stephan Sondheim, which is a vocal challenge for even experienced singers. Of course, that they've already cut The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (sad), and I don't know who the ingenue playing Joanna is (who has the highest notes) or who'll be playing Anthony - at least the roles of Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney Todd are character roles, and even Angela Lansbury didn't really so much "sing" the part (although Sweeney himself is also a baritone, and the original, Len Cariou, is a magnificent deep baritone, at that).

In any case, I'm hoping for something good. Tim Burton is due a winner (in other words, something I'll like).
Nov. 12th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
Yes, I've also wondered about Joanna. If they don't have a good soprano in the part, they may as well cut "Green Finch and Linnet Bird."
Nov. 12th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
Well, all it says in the article is that "Green Finch and Linnet Bird" have been trimmed down.

I'm still rather put out about cutting "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd." It sort of tells the story... (How can you start the show without "Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd"?)

Nov. 12th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
They cut the main theme of the show? The song that runs through and unifies the whole production?

It's gonna suck.
Nov. 13th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
The article just said "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd." Hard to say how that would affect a screen version.

I'm hoping it doesn't suck, though... really hoping.

Nov. 12th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
::Homer voice:: Oooh, light crusty bread!
Nov. 12th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
We'll see. See the Queen's comment below!

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Nov. 12th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
I really do need to see Truly Madly Deeply again, because I don't remember this AT ALL. Although it's not mentioned in the article, I'm willing to bet Judge Turpin's main song would be cut anyway; it's usually pulled from most stage productions these days - the only place I've ever heard it is on the original score.

And ditto.

I'll keep it in mind when I experiment. I already was saying to Barb I'd want to try it with meats/roasts first, because I look askance at anything which speeds up baking. (The Marge Simpson "30 minutes at 350 is 5 minutes at 1200" school.)
Nov. 12th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
I'm such a big screaming fangirl for Sweeney Todd that I don't care how bad the reviews may be, I'll still pay to see it in the theatre. If it turns out Johnny and Helena can sing, that'll just be a bonus.
Nov. 12th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, I already know this is a "pay to see in theatre!!!" production. *g*
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