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Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

  • Theater
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Time Out says

Built in 1910, this venue was originally called the Globe, after Shakespeare's famous theater. In 1958, it was renamed for the famous acting couple of Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne. The 1,505-seat space has housed productions like the Disney properties The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Buyer beware: The orchestra sightlines at the Lunt-Fontanne can be spotty, especially if you're sitting behind a particularly tall person.


205 W 46th St
New York
Cross street:
between Broadway and Eighth Ave
Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; N, Q, R to 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Musicals

Broadway review by Adam Feldman  [Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster are now playing the leading roles.] Ladies and gentlemen, dinner is served. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1979 Sweeney Todd may well be the greatest of all Broadway musicals: an epic combination of disparate ingredients—horror and humor, cynicism and sentiment, melodrama and sophisticated wit—with a central core of grounded, meaty humanity. But while the show’s quality is baked into the writing, portion sizes in recent years have varied. Sweeney Todd’s scope makes it expensive to stage; its 1989 and 2005 Broadway revivals (and the immersive 2017 Off Broadway incarnation) presented the show with greatly reduced casts and orchestrations. Not so for the thrilling version now playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, directed by Hamilton’s Thomas Kail: This production features a 26-piece orchestra and a cast of 25 led by Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford. It’s a feast for the ears.  Groban plays the title role: a Victorian barber, né Benjamin Barker, who returns to London after serving 15 years of hard labor for a crime he didn’t commit, hoping to reunite with his beloved wife, Lucy, and their young daughter, Johanna. But as he learns from his practical neighbor Mrs. Lovett (Ashford)—who operates the squalid meat-pie shop below his old tonsorial parlor—Lucy poisoned herself after being assaulted by the same lecherous judge (Jamie Jackson) who sent him away, who is now the guardian of the teenage Johanna (Maria Bilb

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