Friday, October 08, 2010

The Demon Barber Of Scranton, PA

The Demon Barber Of Scranton, PA

Last evening's episode of "The Office" paid tribute to Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. (Hat tip to David Itzkoff of The New York Times).


This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 08 October, 2010, Blogger Sarah B. Roberts said...

I wouldn't call this a tribute. The writers make fun of "Andy" a person who is dedicated to singing and musical theatre. I thought the behavior of the the rest of the regular characters in the audience as offensive. It belittled community theatre. (except for the tiny shot of "Creed" phoning in his review in the middle of act 2 of Sweeney - very funny). I wish there were a whole show of just "Creed."

At 08 October, 2010, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

This is one of those rare instances in which I disagree.

Sweeney Todd was presented as a charming little production, even if the regular "Office" characters act like the boorish buffoons they typically are, especially in the theatre. I particularly loved the opening sequence.

At 11 October, 2010, Anonymous Timothy Childs said...

Agree with you on this one, Steve. I think this is actually quite a fond tribute to the musical. If only we could figure out a way to work tributes of current Broadway fare into such popular television! What a marketing coup that would be.

- Timothy Childs


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