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Musicals are always being poorly cast by directors who don't give enough attention to the "musical" part. If someone can't sing, they shouldn't be in a damn musical.

Not that I won't see this, of course...I never miss anything Burton does.

Posted by A frustrated ex-singer who can't act | March 29, 2007 11:23 AM

Sweeney Todd is pretty much the only musical I really like. I knew Tim Burton and Borat would fuck it up.

Posted by elswinger | March 29, 2007 11:24 AM

I saw the 5th Avenue's production of Todd last year. It is one of the more outrageously demanding vocal scores I've ever heard -- serious, operatic-level chops required. Not to cast aspersions on the fine actors cast in those roles, but there is frankly no way in hell they can sing those parts without some serious technological help. And by "technological help" I mean "somebody else sings it."

If Burton intends to leave the "rap-style" singing in the final cut, then we can only assume he's going the Chicago route and simplifying the song-and-dance numbers to the point where the big name actors can look good doing it. Which would be a shame, because it's a great score. I'm saying this as somebody who ordinarily hates Broadway musicals.

Posted by flamingbanjo | March 29, 2007 11:27 AM

When was the last time Burton directed something decent, meaning something that anyone other than his die-hard fans consider good?

Posted by keshmeshi | March 29, 2007 11:38 AM

i dunno...liz smith isn't exactly the Oracle at Delphi...

but Sondheim is always tough to sing, and Sweeney IS one of the toughest...i AM a little nervous about this....

i thought the movie soundtrack to Chicago, was better than the cast album...ann reinking was AWFUL...i actually prefer zellwegger...

Posted by michael strangeways | March 29, 2007 11:53 AM

I would pay a disturbingly large sum of money to never have to see this, um, "movie".

Posted by Peter | March 29, 2007 12:32 PM

It's going to suck in all ways anyway. I mean, Helena Bonham Carter? Nepotism, much?

Posted by Victoria | March 29, 2007 1:16 PM

it IS worrisome that none of these people are singers....

does fucking tim burton qualify you to star in a musical...

Posted by michael strangeways | March 29, 2007 1:46 PM

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