‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ (2012) currently playing at the West End in London, UK was orchestrated by Nathan’s teacher Mr. Tunick who orchestrated the show. Nathan served as assistant to him in the production and copyist. The production was a reduced orchestration of the original show and film version featuring stars Michael Ball as the eponymous demon barber of Fleet Street and Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton as the devoted Mrs. Lovett. Jonathan Kent’s acclaimed production on the West End at the Adelphi Theatre followed the sell-out success at the Chichester Festival Theatre’s acclaimed production.
Nathan was introduced to Mr. Sondheim by Mr. Tunick as an up-and-comer in the orchestrating field and also painstakingly searched for errata in the new MTI publication of the score for theatre productions worldwide.
Set amongst London’s seedy side streets and laced with Sondheim’s characteristically brilliant wit and dark humour, the musical depicts Sweeney Todd’s savage quest for justice and retribution after years of false imprisonment. Aided and abetted by the pie-shop owner, Mrs Lovett, he sets out to avenge the wrongs done to him and his family. Combining a brutal sensibility with elements of English music hall, the production offers a fascinating portrait of a man driven to madness by injustice.
Nathan contributed orchestrations and the was music copyist for re-orchestrations of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd”, now playing on the West End.