Ned Rorem in New York City - 5 May, 1979

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 243:

Sweeney Todd Thursday was so unpleasant, the music (except for Jonathan Tunick's opulent and telling orchestrations) so pretentious and non-infectious, the melodrama so gratuitously ugly (I remember being scared bit it when I was nine in Brattleboro), the text so vulgar that we would have left at intermission but for the promise to see Angela after. And what a charmer she is.

cite as

Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 243. accessed: 21 March, 2023

location of experience: New York City


Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]

Listening to

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Sweeney Todd
written by Stephen Sondheim
performed by Angela Lansbury

Experience Information

Date/Time 5 May, 1979
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by pashworth on Wed, 10 Jun 2015 23:59:53 +0100
Approved on Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:30:13 +0000