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Sweeney Todd - 2014 Lincoln Center

Featuring: Bryn Terfel, Emma Thompson, Philip Quast, Audra McDonald, Christian Borle, Kyle Brenn, and Erin Mackey

I was fully expecting another stiff concert version of an amazing Sondheim score. Watch to find yourself pleasantly surprised! It’s the perfect interpretation for this musical.

EDIT: Original video removed by youtube. Here’s a fuzzier version I found. Keep an eye on PBS for a rerun of the full performance!

Another Brawl...
  • Another Brawl...
  • Philip Quast
  • Les Miserables (1988 Symphonic)
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My most rewound moments (1 of ??)

Since I’ve been listening/watching some Les Mis lately, I’ll start this off with this minute of audio from the 1988 Symphonic Recording of Les Miserables.  This is in Paris, right after Valjean has been recognized, and Javert bursts onto the scene.  Reason 1 for the (literally) hundreds of rewinds: Philip Quast IS Javert.  It;s hard to match him in this part.  His voice is the one I always associate with Javert.  Reason 2: That guitar.  You know the one.  During “Could it be he’s some old Jailbird…” that electric guitar comes in and it just sounds so EPIC.  Gah, I just listen to it over, and over, and over.  After I edited this clip, I listened to it 5 times in Audacity.  Also, I love the way Quast emphasizes “maggots” and bites into “hunted”. 

Javert's Intervention (Another Brawl)
  • Javert's Intervention (Another Brawl)
  • Philip Quast
  • Les Miserables (1988 Symphonic)
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A few people have requested the full version of “Javert’s Intervention” and so here it is folks.  Now you can all hear Quast snarl “Everyone about your business, clear this garbage off the street!” Pure Gold as well.  I also Left in Eponine’s “Run for it, it’s Javeeeeeeeeeert!” just because I like that part.

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Ugh, are you exhausted from people arguing about the Into The Woods movie they haven’t seen yet based on a paraphrase of an article that mentioned some out of context, off-hand comments Sondheim made? I sure am.

So let’s detox with this hour-long documentary from 1990 focusing on Sondheim’s time as a visiting professor at Oxford and the Nation Theatre’s production of Sunday in the Park with George.

valjean just doesn’t understand

she sees one kiss and BAM she grows up to be a prostitute