Sweeney Todd Reviews

CRITIC REVIEWS

“If you’ve never met the Demon Barber, get to this Sweeney Todd” 3.5/4 STARS
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“so brilliant and unrelenting it is bound to win converts” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“Completely blew me away.”
Dean Richards, WGN Radio

powerfully acted, grimly majestic production” 3.5/4 STARS
Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald

“Paramount’s Sweeney Todd may well be the musical theatre production of the year.”
Barry Reszel, Chicagoland Musical Theatre

“This is the best production I’ve seen to date…what Paramount offers is simply spectacular and probably very soon to be sold out.”
Regina Belt-Daniels, Northwest Herald

Find a way to get out to Aurora for this production” 5/5 STARS
Alan Bresloff, Around The Town Chicago

Spectacular version of Sweeney Todd will make you forget all other versions of Stephen Sondheim’s famed musical.”
Eric Schelkopf, The Total Scene

“As close to perfection as one can find in musical theatre.” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

“This Paramount Theatre production is a first-class one equal to the finest touring productions I’ve seen dating back from the early 1982 national tours.” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

“If you are lucky enough for this to be your first encounter with this ghoulish tale, you will not be disappointed. If you have seen it before, this production might vie for your top slot.”
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Stephanie Dykes, PictureThisPost.com

impressive staging…thrilling rendition”
Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

“This Sweeney Todd will go down as one for the books and is among the finest production of this Sondheim masterpiece as I have had the good fortune to experience; it is not to be missed.” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Michael J. Roberts, Showbiz Chicago

“a gloriously grandiose production to rival any previous opera house staging.”
Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times

“Paramount Theatre in Aurora has a new production of Sweeney Todd that is a cut above anything I’ve seen previously.”
Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune

PATRON REVIEWS

Absolutely loved the show. Amazing talent, kept us thoroughly entertained!” –Barb, Facebook

One of the finest shows I’ve seen on any stage, Bravo to all the cast & crew of Sweeney Todd!!” –Dawn, Facebook

“If you’re a Sondheim fan, GO SEE THIS PRODUCTION of SWEENEY TODD!! Theatre doesn’t get any better than this! From the performers to the orchestra to the technical aspects, this is world class!” –Jon, Facebook

“Thank you for producing and putting on such an incredible performance of this disturbing show. I remember learning The Worst Pies in London while taking voice lessons, and hearing about the musical. Loved the movie when it came out, and your stage version had me engrossed from the beginning. Acting was exceptional. The laughter from Mrs. Lovett was truly tension releasing. Congrats Paramount! I am hooked. First time season ticket holder starting with The Little Mermaid, and looking forward to renewing already!!!!” – Anne, Facebook

“I just saw Sweeney Todd and what an amazing play! Paul-Jordan Jansen and Bri Sudia were breathtaking and truly wonderful to watch. The sound was great and there isn’t a bad seat in the house! I will be going to see many more plays there!” –Susan, Facebook

“I have seen many versions of Sweeney Todd and this was definitely one of the best I have ever seen. The actors, the set and lighting all phenomenal. Bravo!” –August, Facebook

“Just when I think I have seen the best they offer, I am blown away by the next performance. My expectations are always exceeded! Well done everyone – another memorable production” –Christine, Facebook

I love it! It was the best musical that I have been so far. Even my girlfriend who loves musicals said that this is her favorite musical ever.” –Khristian, Facebook

amazing performance. had me laughing and holding my breath a few times.” –Cynthia, Facebook

“This is our third year as subscribers and I have to say this is the BEST show I’ve seen yet. I’ve seen some amazing and wonderful shows but this one beat all others. I also feel it was better than the version I saw in downtown Chicago many years ago. The vocals, instrumentals, production, lighting and direction…all were unbelievably good. I arrived at the show extremely tired from an intense work week and Sweeney re-energized me to say the least! Thanks for a wonderful evening.” –Anonymous, Survey

AMAZING! Loved the show!” –Colette, Facebook

“The Paramount absolutely crushed this show. Every single element was on point: hair, makeup, wardrobe, set design, lighting, acting, actor chemistry, orchestra, and *omfg* the singing…plus all the other elements I can’t identify that go into a production of this quality. The stage both loomed over me, and drew me into it. The cast left tangible pieces of themselves on stage after each song. I believe I recognize a quality of direction in this show that I recall from Paramount’s earlier productions of Les Mis and West Side Story that I would call *severe.* That severe quality dovetails with and hones keenly the already abrasive edge of Sweeney Todd. I can’t wait to see the show again. For the love of all things right in this world, please record and release a soundtrack with this cast. I will pay an exorbitant price for it.” –Anonymous, Survey

Loved Sweeney! Please keep bringing this kind of production to us. Lead roles are exceptional. The show was phenomenal!! It’s the one I was most excited to see this season and you definitely did not disappoint! For me, the actress who played Mrs Lovett was the high point. Her comedic timing was impeccable.” –Anonymous, Survey

“The show was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!! This is my favorite Stephen Sondheim play, and this is one of the best I have seen!!” –Anonymous, Survey 

“Thank you for another great production! You always amaze us.” –Carolyn, Facebook

FANTASTIC production. Grateful to experience it!” –Amber, Facebook

Quality production AGAIN! Paramount’s Broadway series competes with any Chicago or NY Broadway theater production. Can’t wait to hear next year’s series announced!” –Anonymous, Survey

“It. Was. Amazing!” Kate, Facebook

“Such a great show!!” –Tania, Facebook 

Loved the show! Paul-Jordan Jansen’s deep rich voice was perfect for the darkness of the role and Bri Sudia was simply a delight, beautiful voice and impeccable comedy timing!” –Anonymous, Survey

“This was the best show I’ve ever seen in my life…..done so well….the juxtaposition of the evil, the comedy and the music was perfectly performed and staged. Every single character played their part superbly….hard to pick a favorite but I have to say that Mrs. Lovett would have to be my first pick and the young Toby my second…they were all great.” –Anonymous, Survey

Tremendous visually and vocally. First rate orchestra.” –Eric, Facebook

“It is powerful and an extraordinary performance.” –Barbra, Facebook

Great joboutstanding vocals and effects!” –Pamela, Facebook

“Saw this play yesterday and LOVED it!! Very well done, and what a great pick for Mr. Todd. His voice was outstanding!! -Sarah, Facebook

PHENOMENAL on every level! Amazing acting, singing; direction with so much attention to detail. The 19 piece orchestra was outstanding. The set, costumes, lighting, special effects….All first rate! This is turning into one unforgettable season for the Paramount!” –John, Facebook

“I was impressed, once again, with the powerful voices in this production! The orchestra really hit a home run! Thank you for a great evening!” –Donna, Facebook

“Thank you for another great production! You always amaze us.” –Carolyn, Facebook

Wonderful production once again” –Cynthia, Facebook

WONDERFUL ACTING, SINGING & SCENERY AS USUAL. I LOVE COMING TO THE SHOWS HERE!!” –Anonymous, Survey

“My gast was flabbered after seeing “Sweeney Todd” this week. While it isn’t my cup of tea when it comes to stories, I greatly appreciated the wit brought to this dark tale by a whimsical and LOVABLE Mrs. Lovett. I was also captivated by the amazing musicality brought to this challenging score by every single talented vocalist and instrumentalist. There was not one weak link! The set and lighting, too, were spellbinding and ominous and were obviously an enormous undertaking. Bravo!” –Lynn, Facebook

“It blew us away! And oh, how Mrs. Lovett stole the show — she was amazing!” –Anonymous, Survey

Sweeney Todd was amazing! Loved the acting and singing! All the actors were great! The theatrics were so neat to see also!” –Kristin, Facebook

“The set design was AMAZING! Right down to the details of red flesh hanging from the edge of the stage! The performances were so solid! Best Lovett EVER!” –Anonymous, Survey

“It’s a must see!! The show the scenery the costumes all outstanding.” –Diana, Facebook

Absolutely perverse and disturbing in the most delightful of ways. I am shocked at what I laughed at. The (set) is both minimalistic and foreboding at the same time, with all kinds of fun little tricks and frights. Even in the most luscious of love duets, one can’t help but feel nervous and peculiar. Incredible vocal performances that absolutely rise to the challenge of Sondheim’s toughest score. Best live theater program outside of Chicago with no comparison. Sweeney is absolutely shocking and horrifying, but in the best of ways!-Ben, Facebook

“It was amazing. Everything from the actors, to the music, to the stage. Even the special cocktail was good. Great job by all.-Amanda, Facebook

“So much talent, it was amazing.” –Barbara, Facebook

“Yet another phenomenal performance at the Paramount!” –Deborah, Facebook

“I thought you could not come close to The Little Mermaid, I was wrong. Kudos to the leads. The vocals blew me away…….” –Laura, Facebook

“What a wonderful show!!! Absolutely one of my favorites.” –Linda, Facebook

AWESOME!” –Deanna, Facebook

“Each and every actor in the production was excellent. I would definitely recommend it to others.” –Christine, Facebook

Sweeney Todd was amazing! The actors were phenomenal and the set was stunning!” –Brian, Facebook

Simply spectacular. Thank you for bringing this production to life!” –Amy, Facebook

Amazing talent and the vocals on Sweeney Todd owned it! We laughed, we gasped, we loved it!” –Jennifer, Facebook

“Hands down, one of the best productions of any show I have ever seen. Outstanding!” –Cortney, Facebook

“Saw this play yesterday and LOVED it!! Very well done, and what a great pick for Mr. Todd. His voice was outstanding!! Will be seeing it again in March and looking forward to it all over again!” –Sarah, Facebook

“I went into the night thinking I was going to be forced to sit through a super corny rendition of an incredible script (Sweeney Todd). Oh boy was I surprised! The cast was absolutely INCREDIBLE. I don’t think I will ever be able to see Sweeney Todd the same way! They all had amazingly powerful voices, especially whoever played Sweeney!” –Niq, Facebook

We absolutely loved this show! We didn’t know much about it going in, but it exceeded our expectations! The set, music, costumes and actors and actresses were amazing!!!! We will be spreading the word!” –Anonymous, Survey

LOVED IT AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLAY. I can’t say enough about it. A MUST SEE!” –Anonymous, Survey

Opening night had the audience energy of a rock concert. We could feel it in the pit before the show even started.” –Loretta, Facebook

Fabulous production!!!! Another winner for the Paramount!” -Ann, Facebook

Excellent production of Sweeney Todd! I’ll admit I wasn’t looking forward to it because of the premise of the storyline. But, after seeing it yesterday, I truly enjoyed it! The set was amazing, and the talent beyond amazing! Outstanding job!-Tracy, Facebook

“Where do you find these actors? I’m always blown away by their performances. Top notch!”  –Anonymous, Survey

Amazing….simply floored. Wish there was a CD of this cast for sale instead of the original Broadway cast.”  –Anonymous, Survey

“The talent and the presence of the actors in Sweeney Todd were breathtaking. I was mesmerized and fully engaged in a dark story and couldn’t look away. Bravo!” –Jim, Facebook

FABULOUS production. The cast, the set, the music, the lighting-all terrific!”  –Anonymous, Survey

“This was the best performance I’ve seen at the Paramount. Very impressed. I’m so glad to have such a quality theater in the suburbs.”  –Anonymous, Survey

“I had never seen ST and was wondering if it would be “my thing”. Let’s face it, Little Mermaid it’s not! I was blown away! The level of talent at The Paramount never ceases to amaze me but in this production it was over the top!”  –Anonymous, Survey

“Sweeney Todd was amazing! I would definitely see another show here.” –Bridget, Facebook

“The production was great! The acting and singing were top rate as was the orchestra. The scenery and costumes were terrific as well.”  –Anonymous, Survey

Absolutely fabulous! I loved it.” –Jackie, Facebook

Fantastic production. Comparable to any Broadway show I have seen.”  –Anonymous, Survey

“I went into the night thinking I was going to be forced to sit through a super corny rendition of an incredible script (Sweeney Todd). Oh boy was I surprised! The cast was absolutely INCREDIBLE. I don’t think I will ever be able to see Sweeney Todd the same way! They all had amazingly powerful voices, especially whoever played Sweeney!” –Niq, Facebook

“Perhaps the best production of Sweeney Todd that I have ever seen. The lighting in particular was phenomenally well designed.”  –Anonymous, Survey

“The performance was amazing! Quite possibly one of the best performances I have seen at the Paramount. On par with Broadway performances in Chicago”  –Anonymous, Survey

Fabulous production!!!! Another winner for the Paramount!” –Ann, Facebook

“Just when I think it can’t get any better, it does!!! Outstanding production!”  –Anonymous, Survey

Absolutely outstanding in every way. I was mesmerized by the music, the singing and the story.”  –Anonymous, Survey

“I was not prepared to like this show. I thought the theme would be too grizzly. But from the moment the curtain went up, I was blown away! The lead actors were  spectacular…their singing voices ever strong. I especially liked the lead female.” –Anonymous, Survey

Absolutely loved the play. The cast was fantastic and so was the orchestra. Definitely a must see.” -Phyllis, Facebook

“A friend of mine had front row seats and always raved about the performances and I would respond oh sure how good could the shows be in Aurora! Oh was I wrong! The Little Mermaid and Sweeney Todd were outstanding!”  –Anonymous, Survey

Amazing production at the Paramount Theatre this last weekend, “Sweeney Todd” as part of Paramount’s Broadway Series. We are privileged to have outstanding this theater in the suburbs of Chicago.” -Rebecca, Facebook

“The performance was amazing! I was so glad I was able to attend and I will definitely be attending future performances here, thank you!”  –Anonymous, Survey

“Sweeney Todd was fabulous–so different from any of the shows we’ve seen here in the past. So many new cast members this time and WOW, what a talented group! Hope we will see more of them in future shows. All were exceptional singers. Kudos to the conductor and the orchestra!!! From the very first note, we knew this was going to be something unique. Very challenging music and so well done! Bravo to everyone on an outstanding show!”  –Anonymous, Survey

Excellent production of Sweeney Todd! I’ll admit I wasn’t looking forward to it because of the premise of the storyline. But, after seeing it yesterday, I truly enjoyed it! The set was amazing, and the talent beyond amazing! Outstanding job!” –Tracy, Facebook

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