re: I don’t think you can compare a revival to new show.
Last Edit: Chromolume 07:06 pm EDT 04/12/24
Posted by: Chromolume 06:53 pm EDT 04/12/24
In reply to: I don’t think you can compare a revival to new show. - dramedy 03:21 pm EDT 04/12/24

Revivals - meaning specific Broadway productions with their particular takes/concepts etc, can also only be seen on tour to be seen "locally." You seem to be saying that all productions of Sweeney are essentially the same (because the score and text are the same), and any regional or community production is the same as a Broadway revival. I disagree. (And I'm not even going to say one would be better than the other - just that they aren't the same production - and I think that matters.)

Some people may feel that this latest Broadway revival of Sweeney has nothing unique to offer, production-wise (save the chance to hear Tunick's original, definitive orchestration live in a theatre). But certainly the last 2 NYC revivals were quite unique. The "pie shop" version was only seen in NYC, you couldn't "see it locally" anywhere else. The Doyle "concert version" (that's how I refer to it, YMMV, not here to argue that) likewise was a very specific take on the show that did tour, but that was the only way to "see it locally."

I'm going to be seeing the tour of the Company revival tonight in Boston. If this very contemporary, rethought take on the show wasn't touring, where else would one see it locally? The only version of the show available to be done otherwise is the original 1970 version (with a few additions like "Marry Me A Little"). This revival is quite a different property.
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