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Old 06-21-2005 at 04:52 AM
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Has anyone ever seen this show? It is a rather... unconventional musical about a deranged barber who wants revenge on society. He carries out his plan by re-opening his barbershop, slitting the throats of his customers, and then giving the bodies to his assistant, who cooks them into pies and serves them to her customers. The scary thing is that it's based on a dime novel which claims to be based on a true story! Here is a more detailed synopsis of the plot. Caution: It gives away the ending. ;)

It's a disturbing concept for a musical, yes. But it's also a very well-done show. The show has been recorded and released on DVD, and there will soon be a big-screen film as well. The play was written and composed by Stephen Sondheim. He also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story, and wrote the score and lyrics for many shows including A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, and Merrily We Roll Along.


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Old 06-30-2005 at 01:39 AM
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Sweeney Todd is love!! I love this musical prolly a bit too much lol! I'm not a big fan of Angela Lansbury or Len Cariou but I loved it when it came to my town - Sweeney was played by Lydon Terricini and Mrs Lovett by Jenny Galloway (Madame Thendier in 10th Anniversary Les Mis!) My fave song is Ephiphany (My Friends) it makes me laugh coz he's talking to his razors... *blinks*
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Old 07-01-2005 at 05:18 AM
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Hooray! Somebody replied! :D

I've never actually gotten to see the show, but I have seen short clips that were used in the PBS Broadway documentary. I've also heard the cast recording. I liked Angela Lansbury's Mrs. Lovett, but thought Len Cariou was a bit emotionless. I immensely prefer George Hearn (who I saw in the clips on the documentary).

Some of my favorite lines from ST:

"To seek revenge may lead to hell, but everyone does it and seldom as well as Sweeney... Sweeney Todd... The demon barber of Fleet Street"

"We won't discriminate great from small. No, we'll serve anyone, meaning anyone, and to anyone at all!"

"Soon, you will drip precious rubies..."

"Those who thought him a simple clod were soon reconsidering under the sod..."

"It's fop... Finest in the shop. And we have a shepherd's pie peppered with actual shepherd on top!" :D


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Old 07-14-2005 at 08:30 AM
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The only way I know of the story of Sweeny Todd is through the movie Jersey Girl where Gertie wants to see Cats on Broadway but can't, so she goes to Sweeney Tood. She ends up doing a number from Sweeney Todd for a elementary school talent show and scars the heck out the audience. ;)
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Old 07-23-2005 at 02:12 AM
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I never saw that movie, but I just might want to rent it now! Do you know what song/scene she did?

I was in a video store the other day, and I saw a DVD for a Sweeney Todd film that was made in 1936! Amazon.com link According to the synopsis on the back cover, this film is what inspired Stephen Sondheim to create the musical. The film was directed by George King and stars Tod Slaughter (great name, huh?) as Sweeney. Has anyone seen this film?


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I've not seen that film, but I saw the revival in New York in March. And let me say that Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris were a remarkable team. It was just a...pardon the pun...killer performance.

I love "Johanna," it's a beautiful piece of music, and the vocals done by the revival cast are hauntingly wonderful. Although it comes in second to "Not While I'm Around," which holds a very special place in my heart due to striking very close to a situation I experienced with a friend.

Admittedly, I was really freaked out when I saw it, and wasn't sure I liked it. Of course, I was also veeery sick when I saw it, and miserable, so that could have accounted for it too. But anyway, on the way to school every day after we got back, we listened to it in the car, and I realized I liked it. So yeah. Good show. Big fan.



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Old 08-11-2006 at 11:31 PM
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I have fallen in love with this show!!!! The premise is a little sick, but dark comedy is good. 'Johanna' is beautiful, and 'Not While I'm Around'. I also love 'A Little Priest'. It's so disgustingly funny. Funny in a disgusting way. Funny and disgusting. Whatever. :) I would love to see the show! I've been listening to the AccuBroadway internet station and looove Sweeney so much!!! Michael Cerveris!Sweeney = love!! He is amazing. I think it was genius having the cast also do the orchestration. But they totally got robbed at the Tony's. :)

I've been love love LOVING watching clips on YouTube. There's lots!! :D

And I think the music in this show is simply gorgeous!

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Old 08-11-2006 at 11:50 PM
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I saw the show in April, and I LOVED IT. "Green Finch and Linnet Bird" has been stuck in my head ever since.

Someday I would love to play Johanna Barker. Her songs are so beautiful . . .

Anywho. Yesh. It was dark and disturbing, but I loved it.

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I fell in love with this show when I saw it. It was fantastic. I can't wait to see Johnny Depp in the movie version.


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Oh! I love this musical! I only saw the musical version one time at our local theatre and it was amazing for a local production. The assistant, Tobias, was played by Telly Leung which got the show alot of hype and everyone wanted to see it which was great. I loved all the music in the show but I don't really remember any songs specifically. As for the plot, as disgusting and depressing as it is I still think it's an amazing show. I'm hoping to go see this show on Broadway someday

Steve! You saved my life! I could not remember what movie it was that the little girl went to see Sweeney Todd! Thank you.


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