Tim Burton's films that get the R rating could've easily become PG movies if it weren't for something that the MPAA didn't like. Ed Wood not so much the better case -- though it could've been PG if it weren't for a couple of stronger words, but Sleepy Hollow better example -- VERY PG material. It's just the beheadings that really got the rating.
Sweeney Todd has always been one of my favorite shows. I think Kelsey Grammer did it a few years back here in L.A. I'm rather bummed that it drew an R rating though. Hmmm....I wonder what they WILL show now. They don't seem to be shying away from the whole blood thing, do they?
"Ladies and Gentlemen, can I have your attention please?
Are your nostrils a quiver and tingling as well
at that delicate luscious ambrosian smell?
Yes they are, I can tell....
There you'll sample Mrs. Lovett's meat pies,
Savory and sweet pies, as you'll see.
You who eat pies, Mrs. Lovett's meat pies,
Conjure up the treat pies used to be."
Can't wait. But if they start serving red popcorn, I'm outta there...
Loved the original and the Broaway Revival with Patti Lupone! The revival has a very different take (staging-wise) than the original production, but was still great.
I'm surprised that people are shocked over the R rating. The play is about murder, deceit, insest, canibalism, rape and revenge. I mean, whats not R about the story? Even the play was dark and fairly explicit. One of my favorite moments is Joanna (the medly). Where Sweeney is killing people in his chair while singing the most beautiful song in the whole show (IMHO). There are at least 6 on stage deaths that i can think of.