How ‘Deaf Broadway’ Makes Musical Theater Loud and Clear

To celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday in March, actor and director Garrett Zuercher attended a Zoom party. The plan was to watch the original production of Sweeney todd with a group of deaf and hearing friends, but as soon as the stream started, Zuercher realized it wasn’t meant for him.

The captions for the video were straightforward, rarely stating which character sang which line; Sondheim’s lyrics of concessions set the on-screen text in a lost race, lifting in the wake of the music. For Zuercher, who is deaf, the spectacle was suddenly opaque – the captions only showed how he didn’t get it.

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