Sweeney Live Blog: T-4

Friday 7/22 – 4:28 pm


Temp: 102

Reviewing my notes for the pre-perf discussion.

Did you know that…

  • Hugh Wheeler (Sweeney lyricist) wrote murder mysteries under pseudonyms? (Q. Patrick and others)
  • Hal Prince & Stephen Sondheim did 13 backer’s auditions for Sweeney and didn’t raise a penny?
  • John Lahr of Harpers panned the Sweeney premiere as the “death of the American musical” but hadn’t actually gone to see the show?
  • Now that the world at large knows that there are theatrical uses for condoms, no one can think about anything else?


One Comment

Peter Russell

So glad to hear in went well. One added bit of trivia: violinist for the original production, including the cast album, was Marin Alsop, Music Director of Baltimore Symphony.

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