One Paragraph Review: Sweeney Todd at Paramount Theatre
You love it or you hate it apparently. I bloody loved it. I loved every sweet juicy morsel of “Sweeney Todd” at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre. Too much? Not for me. Dark, beautifully scored musicals — more please! I loved the dark-hued, multi-tiered set that (sometimes loudly) screamed symbolism. I adored the female leads: Bri Sudia as Mrs. Lovett is equal parts endearing, witty, and sinister; Cecilia Iole as Johanna gorgeously adds the opera; and Emily Rohm as “Beggar Woman” is such a pleasure to watch and hear. The men hold their own and deliver strong performances in their muted fashions (standing O for the costume department). Paul-Jordan Jansen is unflinching as Sweeney Todd, Patrick Rooney as Anthony Hope is incredibly believable, and Anthony Norman as Tobias gives one of my favorite performances. I might have to see the show a dozen more times just to see the impressive skill involved in the number “Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir.” If you’re one who says you don’t like “Sweeney Todd” because it’s not your style, then you’re missing out on Jim Corti at his best. I ate it up.