'Sweeney' show kills auds
The aud flung roses at the cast of the Broadway revival of “Sweeney Todd” after the show’s opening performance Thursday.Giant bouquets went to the show’s stars, Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris, while Rialto royalty such as Elaine Stritch, Tommy Tune and Audra McDonald joined in on the standing O. Across the street, a faux picket line protesting the show’s cannibalistic subject matter — with signs reading “We put love into pies, not people” — turned out to be an advertisement for an Aussie pie shop in the East Village. At the opening night fete at Copacabana, partygoers were free to discuss the more esoteric elements of the pared-down revival. Like what, for instance, is with that little white coffin that shows up in the second act? Cast members weighed in on the mystery, and each had their own answer. Manoel Felciano summed up: “It doesn’t have to mean one thing.” “I think it’s for that very reason, to get people questioning it,” said helmer John Doyle. “It’s almost devilish of me, isn’t it?”
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