Sweeney Todd Tickets
Sweeney Todd is a musical thriller based on a fictional
villan who is a barber and serial killer in the mid-19th century.
Various productions of Sweeney Todd have arisen over the years,
the most recent being the 2004 John Doyle revival which began in
London's West End and moved to Broadway in 2005. Sweeney Todd
is currently playing at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
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Sweeney Todd is the story of a man who leads a double life as a barber and serial killer. His weapon of choice is a straight razor, with which he cuts his victim's throats. In some versions of the story his friend and accomplice, Margery (sometimes Nellie) Lovett, bakes the carcasses into meat pies. Whether Todd or Lovett actually existed remains a matter of debate.
Stephen Sondheim composed the first musical theatre play of Sweeney Todd. The character of Margery Lovett was renamed Nellie Lovett for this version of the story. Sondheim called it a "musical thriller" and (due to its sparse non-sung dialogue) "virtually an opera". This modern example of grand guignol originally appeared on Broadway in 1979 in a production directed by Harold Prince and starring Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou. A smaller-scale 1989 revival at Circle in the Square starred Bob Gunton and Beth Fowler under the direction of Susan Schulman.
Sweeney Todd was televised twice. In 1982 a full-scale production featuring the national touring cast aired and won three Emmys. This version starred Lansbury and George Hearn, who took over the role of Sweeney on Broadway after Len Cariou's departure. The second was a concert version presented on PBS in 2000, starring Hearn and Patti LuPone and directed by Lonny Price.
In 2004, John Doyle directed a revival of the musical at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, which subsequently transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios and then the New Ambassadors Theatre. Without an orchestra, the actors themselves played the score. This production marked the first time in nearly ten years that Sondheim had been presented in the commercial West End. The production transferred to Broadway in 2005, with a cast headed by Tony Award nominees Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone.