However, Eve Speer and Marc Nielson, really stole the show with their hilarious performances and the fun characters they created. Speer’s remarkable voice soared in “The Stuff” and her solid commitment to the absurdity of the play made her engaging to watch in her scenes as the battered woman Mae.
Eve Speer, who played the diabolical pie maker Mrs. Lovett, was also a standout in this show. Despite an early stumble where it appeared to me she momentarily lost her breath during her first song, Ms. Speer didn’t miss a beat the rest of the night, holding her own opposite Jim Dale’s enthralling Sweeney Todd. Although obviously much younger than the role she was playing, Ms. Speer brought great energy to her darkly comic role and her accent was well done.
Eve Speer was fantastic as Mrs. Lovett. She had a believable accent and the right mix of humor and deceit to make her character quite endearing. She was marvelous in “A Little Priest” and “By the Sea.”
Eve Speer as Mrs. Lovett will have you in stitches the entire evening. I often found myself wondering, "How can I love a woman who is cooking people into meat pies?" But you love her and look forward to every moment she is on stage. With such a dark premise, her character and Speer's interpretation of the character are welcome and much-needed relief. Speer was previously seen as Sylvia in Midvale Main Street's production of All Shook Up, and she was fantastic, but her performance in Sweeney Todd is exponentially everything more, being the pinnacle of a showcase for her talents.
Against this backdrop, director Tammy Ross’s director’s note resounded: "Being an artist is a rewarding, frustrating, and heart-breaking experience… The only way through it is to realize you are not alone." This attitude was reflected through the strong group numbers that facilitated powerful moments, including “No Day but Today” and “Seasons of Love.” "Santa Fe" showed off the cast’s vocal prowess and Eve Speer’s strong music direction. http://utahtheatrebloggers.com/12146/some-praise-is-due-for-rent-2