Sweeney Todd — Or Not

Because of a bloody embargo, I can’t yet share my thoughts on Tim Burton’s adaptation of the Sondheim musical, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Instead, here are clips from twelve musicals I love. Enjoy.


What good is sitting alone in your room?

Top Hat

“Cheek to Cheek”

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

“Wig in a Box.” I once saw John Cameron Mitchell perform this with the Polyphonic Spree, and it was a perfect fit.

Dancer in the Dark

Lars gets his Björk on — in DV!

High Society

“Well Did You Evah?” with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Some people apparently prefer The Philadelphia Story, but I don’t.


“Let the Sunshine In/The Flesh Failures”

Colma: The Musical

I wish there was a longer clip of “Crash the Party” online. Anybody?

West Side Story

I like the island Manhattan.

Under the Cherry Moon

The video of “Girls & Boys” from Prince’s woefully underrated second film. Also: Mountains. Wrecka Stow!

Jesus Christ Superstar

Israel in 4 B.C. had no mass communication. Also: Gethsemane.


“Falling Slowly”

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The first time I ever teared up over a YouTube clip.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Tim Burton, 2007. N/R