Best Musical

Sweeney Todd

Tennessee Rep turned TPAC's Johnson Theater sideways for its galvanizing mounting of the Sondheim classic. London looked foreboding and foggy per Gary Hoff's compressed set, and a small but mighty cast acted, sang and played stagehands as well in a marvelously brooding production that was daring in conception and right on the mark in execution (and we're not talking about what the Demon Barber did to his victims). Fabulous lead players—Lane Davies, Martha Wilkinson, Brooke Bryant, Zachary Hess, Patrick Waller—were backed by an equally sharp supporting cast, and Tim Fudge's melancholy musical direction maintained the play's necessary grimness, with occasional passages of beauty. MARTIN BRADY

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