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31 October 2001 (USA) See more »
This movie is a recorded performance in concert. It all begins when Benjamin Barker( George Hearn), a mysterious,quiet,and subtle barber... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Excellent production of one of Sondheim's masterpieces See more (13 total) »


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Directed by
Lonny Price 
Writing credits
Hugh Wheeler (book)

Produced by
Ellen M. Krass .... co-executive producer
Iris Merlis .... producer
Chase Mishkin .... executive producer
Morton Swinsky .... co-executive producer (as Mort Swinsky)
Jeff Thorsen .... producer
Film Editing by
Gary Bradley 
Jeremy Kasten 
Sound Department
James David Redding III .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Tcimpidis .... video controller
Music Department
Rob Fisher .... conductor
Stephen Sondheim .... music and lyrics by
Jonathan Tunick .... orchestrator
Other crew
Cheryl Mergaert .... production accountant (2001)
Christine Murray .... content development
Ben Rimalower .... assistant to director

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150 min

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The original Broadway production starring Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou opened at the Uris Theater on February 6, 1979, ran for 557 performances and won the 1979 Tony Awards for the Best Musical, Book and Score.See more »
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Excellent production of one of Sondheim's masterpieces, 30 April 2003
Author: Jim Longo from New York City

You either love Sondheim or you hate him (although few of the arguments for hating him hold water, In My Anything But Humble Opinion). Certainly his darkest work and arguably his best, Sweeney Todd is an exploration of the depths to which a man will sink to wreak vengeance on those who have wronged him.

With all respect to Len Cariou, who created the role in the original production, George Hearn is and always will be the definitive Sweeney Todd. There are things he does that I don't even think he's consciously aware of anymore, but are absolutely chilling to watch. Patti Lupone has the thankless task of trying to follow the immortal Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett; she carries it off by making almost completely different dramatic choices and playing her strengths (like Meryl Streep, she's got one of the best deadpans in the business, and lines that Lansbury played for laughs, Lupone plays straight--we still laugh, but for different reasons). The rest of the cast acquit themselves beautifully, particularly Davis Gaines as the lovestruck Anthony Hope and Victoria Clark as the crazed Beggar Woman.

But the real surprise of the cast is Neil Patrick Harris as the innocent, waiflike Tobias Ragg. Having played the part myself, I have a bad habit of holding other actors to impossible standards--and Harris not only meets them, he flattens them. Instead of watching him and thinking, "I could have done that," I found myself watching him and saying "I wish I'd done that"--something I've never been able to say in any other production.

The score is as close to grand opera as Sondheim gets, and the gems--"A Little Priest", "Not While I'm Around", "Johanna", "Wait," and the act II quartet sparkle as brightly as I've ever heard them.

Grade A.

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