This was my third Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim: the first was a pirate DVD with Angela Lansbury; the second the movie with Johnny Depp, and the third this wonderful concoction at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic. I must say I much prefer this cast with the always charismatic Bryn Terfel as Todd, Emma Thompson as a completely daffy Mrs. Lovett, Philip Quast as Judge Turpin, Jeff Blumenkrantz as The Beadle, Christian Borle as Pirelli, Erin Mackey as Johanna and Audra (The Great One) McDonald as The Beggar Woman. Audra also introduced the show for PBS.
If you look behind the performers you can see people playing instruments. They wandered crazily along narrow paths between sections of the orchestra. The performers carried the show.