We Think You're Just Sensational — The Essential Angela Lansbury on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
11 Jan 2014

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Sweeney Todd — Original Broadway Cast Recording

Yet another Lansbury Tony-winning triumph relegated oddly far down the list is Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's 1979 masterpiece, Sweeney Todd — like Gypsy, one of the best musicals ever written. In this case, it places below a couple of flops because Angela Lansbury's inspired, gold standard Mrs. Lovett is such a fabulously extreme characterization; it's not like listening to Angela Lansbury sing. Nonetheless, this is one of the great Broadway performances of all time and it's an enormous pleasure to hear Lansbury's electrifying relishing of this stunning score. Her handling of the challenging music and intricate lyrics is nothing short of brilliant.

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