It's 1846. Sweeney Todd and Anthony Hope, greeted only by a crazed beggar woman, sail into London, where Todd implies he has been before but not in quite some time. Todd heads to his old stomping grounds of Fleet Street, where he runs across the pie shop belonging to Mrs. Nellie Lovett, who professes to make the worst meat pies in London due to the high cost of meat. The upstairs of her building has sat empty since no one wants to rent a space that is considered haunted by its long ago tenant, barber Benjamin Barker who was falsely accused and ultimately sentenced by the sadistic Judge Turpin and who was shipped away to prison in Australia, leaving his wife Lucy and infant daughter Johanna alone in the world. Todd comes to an agreement with Mrs. Lovett to rent the upstairs of her building so that he can open his own barber shop. A series of incidents, including one with rival barber Senor Pirelli, make Todd change his focus slightly away from having a choice encounter with Judge ... Written by
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won the 1979 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" for portraying the title role. However, he did not do the National Tour, so he does not appear. See more
The Beggar Woman's mouth does not quite move in time with her final verses in "Johanna" (Act II). See more
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd. His skin was pale and his eye was odd. He shaved the faces of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard of again. He trod a path that few have trod, Did Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Version of The Tale of Sweeney Todd
Green Finchet And Linnet Bird
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Betsy Joslyn See more