The Most Happy Fella, DiCapo Opera
Peter Kendall Clark was a strapping, energetic Joe, and his soothingly sexy rendition of “Don’t Cry” was, in its own way, the most memorable vocal moment of the show.
Clark portrays a hauntingly tragic antihero and we witness the progression of his mental collapse. In a role that demands nearly continuous singing, one of his many outstanding numbers is the spine-chilling tribute to his razors ‘My Friends.’
In Buffy Baggott and Peter Kendall Clark, this cast has a Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney Todd who not only sang gorgeously (especially Clark) but also displayed the dramatic range and comic timing (especially Baggott) to turn the blackness of the tale into something transcendent. Everything came together in the pair’s madcap tour de force, A Little Priest, in which unspeakable material (Mrs. Lovett’s pies made from entrails of Todd’s murder victims) became the stuff of exhilarating song and dance.