Sweeney Todd Tickets
Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a Tony Award-winning musical with a book by Hugh Wheeler and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The musical is based on the 19th-century legend of Sweeney Todd, and specifically upon the 1973 play by Christopher Bond.
Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway at the Uris Theatre on March 1, 1979. The musical played for 576 performances. The story centers on the character of Sweeney Todd, formerly known as Benjamin Barker, who returns from the penal colonies in Australia, where he has spent fifteen years on false charges. When he learns from Mrs. Lovett, whose meat pies are the worst in London, that his wife poisoned herself after being raped by Judge Turpin and his daughter is the ward of Judge Turpin, who imprisoned him, he vows revenge. The two become conspirators in a dark plot that results in mass murder, booming business for Lovett's shop, and ultimately tragedy.
Sweeney Todd Original Broadway production
After nineteen previews, the Broadway production, directed by Hal Prince and choreographed by Larry Fuller, opened on March 1, 1979 at the Uris Theatre. Despite initial poor audience reaction on opening night, half the audience is said to have left in disgust at intermission the show ran for 557 performances, closing on June 29, 1980. The cast included
- Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett
- Len Cariou as Sweeney Todd
- Victor Garber as Anthony Hope
- Sarah Rice as Johanna
- Ken Jennings as Tobias Ragg
- Edmund Lyndeck as Judge Turpin
Sweeney Todd U.S. national tour
The first U.S. national tour started on October 24, 1980 in Washington DC and ended in August 1981 in Los Angeles, California. A second tour started on February 23, 1982 in Wilmington, Delaware and ended on July 17, 1982 in Toronto, Canada.
Sweeney Todd Opera house performances
In the early 2000s, Sweeney Todd gained acceptance with opera companies throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Israel, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia. Bryn Terfel, the popular Welsh bass-baritone, performed the title role at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2002. It was performed at the Royal Opera House in London as part of the Royal Opera season. The Israeli National Opera has performed Sweeney Todd twice.
Sweeney Todd 2004-05 West End and Broadway revivals and 2007 tour
In 2004 John Doyle directed a revival of the musical at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, England, which subsequently transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios and then the New Ambassadors Theatre. The production was notable for having no orchestra, with the actors themselves playing the score. This marked the first time in nearly ten years that a Sondheim show had been presented in the commercial West End. This production transferred to Broadway, with a new cast which starred Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone. It opened on November 3, 2005 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where it ran for 384 performances. The cast, as in London, accompanied themselves on the instruments.
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