Productions[ edit ] Original Broadway production and tour[ edit ] The original production premiered on Broadway at the Uris Theatre on March 1, and closed on June 29, after performances and 19 previews. The cast included Angela Lansbury as Mrs. The production was nominated for nine Tony Awardswinning eight including Best Musical.
Plot synopsis[ edit ] In the original version of the tale, Todd is a barber who dispatches his victims by pulling a lever as they sit in his barber chair. His victims fall backward down a revolving trap door into the basement of his shop, generally causing them to break their necks or skulls.
In case they are alive, Todd goes to the basement and "polishes them off" slitting their throats with his straight razor. In some adaptations, the murdering process is reversed, with Todd slitting his customers' throats before dispatching them into the basement through the revolving trap door.
After Todd has robbed his dead victims of their goods, Mrs. Todd's barber shop is situated at Fleet StreetLondonnext to St. Dunstan's churchand is connected to Mrs. Lovett's pie shop in nearby Bell Yard by means of an underground passage.
In most versions of the story, he and Mrs. Lovett hire an unwitting orphan boy, Tobias Raggto serve the pies to customers. It was probably written by James Malcolm Rymerthough Thomas Peckett Prest has also been credited with it; possibly each worked on the serial from part to part.
Other attributions include Edward P. It was in this alternative version of the tale, rather than the original, that Todd acquired his catchphrase: This expanded version of the story was pages long. This version is set in late medieval Paris, at the corner of the Rue des Marmousets and the Rue des Deux-Hermites.
The two confess, and are summarily burned alive; the houses where the crimes took place are then razed. In any case, it may well be the source for some recent versions that move the tale from London to Paris.
Alleged historical basis[ edit ] The original story of Sweeney Todd quite possibly stems from an older urban legend, originally based on dubious pie-fillings. Nevertheless, other researchers who have tried to verify his citations find nothing in these sources to back Haining's claims.
In his novel DodgerTerry Pratchett portrays Sweeney Todd as a tragic figure, having lost his mind after being exposed to the horrors of the Napoleonic Wars as a barber surgeon. In performing arts[ edit ] In stage productions[ edit ] The String of Pearlsa melodrama by George Dibdin Pitt that opened at Hoxton's Britannia Theatre and billed as "founded on fact".
It was something of a success, and the story spread by word of mouth and took on the quality of an urban legend. Various versions of the tale were staples of the British theatre for the rest of the century. Sweeney Todd, the Barber of Fleet Street: It was first performed at the Crescent Theatre Birmingham.
This version of the story was the first to give Todd a more sympathetic motive: He at first plans to kill Turpin, but when his prey escapes, he swears revenge on the whole world and begins to slash his customers' throats.
He goes into business with Mrs. Lovetthis former landlady, who bakes his victims' flesh into pies. At the end of the play, he gets his revenge by killing Turpin, but then unknowingly kills his own wife, whom Mrs.
Lovett had misled him into believing had died.
Lovett, and allows his assistant Tobias Ragg to slit his throat. The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Lovett; tuba, percussionand Michael Cerveris Sweeney Todd; guitar.
Gerard Salonga of Filharmonika conducted the orchestra. It was directed by Baby Barredo and Michael Williams.Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the only film that has been produced numerous times in various versions. And among all versions there are two that had actually make an impact in the audience; the original produced in and the last one in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is a musical-thriller, was produced in and is based on the musical of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler.
The character “Sweeney Todd” first appeared in in a penny dreadful serial in the story “The String of Pearls”. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler.
The musical is based on the play Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Christopher Bond.
Mr. Todd has sworn that he would have his revenge and kill the judge and anybody who stands in his way.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street This musical is based on a play by Christopher Bond before becoming a musical with the music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Today’s musical was directed by Sasha Gerritson, orchestra constructed by R. . Sweeney Todd, his wife Lucy, his daughter Joanna, Anthony a fellow lad from the ship, Ms. Lovett’s and her bakery, Judge Turpin, and his little Beadle Bedford, and Toby. Sweeney Todd also known as Benjamin Barker is the main Character. Sweeney Todd is a musical narrative that has a blend of realism as well as fantasy/5(1). “Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Review By Laura Harding I got the pleasure of spending an evening at the Devonport Choral Society’s production “Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on the 29th of May at the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre.
In order to plot his revenge, Mr. Todd receives help from admire who adores him, Mrs.
Lovett (played by Helena Bonham Carter). Together they create an evil plan that only a demon barber from Fleet Street could create. Mr. Obsession in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd - Tim Burton’s film Sweeney Todd is the story of a barber who is imprisoned unjustly and seeks vengeance by killing off his indicters with razors.
“Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” to which title Sondheim appended the descriptor “A Musical Thriller,” opened at the Uris (now Gershwin) Theater on March 1, , after a month of previews.