5 Reasons You Should See Sweeney Todd:

1 - It's immersive…which is VERY cool. This production was originally staged in (one of) London’s oldest pie shops and is now playing Off-Broadway in a replica of that pie shop downtown at the Barrow Street Theater. Audience members sit at picnic tables as the show is being performed around them. The actors are so close to you that they aren’t even mic’d!

2 - The cast. Broadway A-Listers Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello star as the infamous duo Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett. Megahottie Matt Doyle also stars as Anthony. Hell, EVERYONE in the cast is superb. You’re here for Norm and Carolee, though. You will probably never get the chance again to have one of Broadway’s literal best singers ever (EVER!) scream murderous threats into your face. Please scare us some more with that sexy baritone, Norm Lewis!

Note: As part of a larger casting shakeup, longtime Phantom Hugh Panaro takes over for Norm Lewis starting August 29. See the tickets link below for a detailed schedule of performers.

3 - The pies. You can get there early and eat pies made right there in the shop…and by pies, we mean meat pies. Former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses prepares these tasty treats in the actual pie shop (replica) kitchen and you can pay a little more for a ticket that includes a pie. They’re DELICIOUS and we definitely recommend this bonus option! Check the video on this page to see a full breakdown of the pies themselves.

4 - Sondheim. He’s a GOD among musical theater composers. Musicals don’t get more sophisticated and elegant than when Sondheim writes them…even when he’s writing about murder!

5 - The band. It’s a 3-piece band that truly sounds like a full orchestra. The (very small) room has incredible acoustics, and there just isn’t a more intimate way to hear these genius musical theater songs.

Runs through December 31.

Update from the video: We've now seen the show and, of course, loved it!

Photos: Joan Marcus