IN MARCH, London’s Royal Opera House announced plans to pro- duce Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. This will be the first musical ever to be performed by the com- pany on its main stage at Covent Garden. In explaining the decision, Antonio Pappano, the company’s musical director, said he wanted to “open the windows,” adding: I am not interested in this old ar- gument about what is opera and what is musical theater. Often it’s so intense and serious here, but it is O.K. for this opera house to have fun, too.
About the Author
Terry Teachout is COMMENTARY’s critic-at-large and the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal. Satchmo at the Waldorf, his first play, runs through November 4 at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.