History Theatre / SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet

17th Sep '16 1:21:52 PM desudesu1998
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''Sweeney Todd'' (subtitled "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"), is a highly-regarded musical with music and lyrics by StephenSondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. It is based on the Christopher Bond version of the legendary story of an English barber who murdered his customers and, with the help of his neighbor Mrs. Lovett, [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies made them into pies]]. In this version of the story, Todd is out to get revenge on a corrupt Judge who sent him to prison on false charges, raped his wife, and [[WifeHusbandry "adopted"]] his daughter fifteen years ago. Mrs. Lovett enables his bloodlust as it helps out her business, but also smoothly tries to dissuade him from this goal so that he can settle down with her.

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''Sweeney Todd'' (subtitled "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"), is a highly-regarded musical with music and lyrics by StephenSondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. It is based on the Christopher Bond version of the legendary story of an English barber who murdered his customers and, with the help of his neighbor Mrs. Lovett, [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies made them into pies]]. In this version of the story, Todd is out to get revenge on a corrupt Judge who sent him to prison on false charges, raped his wife, and [[WifeHusbandry "adopted"]] his daughter fifteen years ago. Mrs. Lovett enables his Todd's bloodlust as it helps out her business, but also smoothly tries to dissuade him from this goal so that he can settle down with her.
17th Sep '16 1:20:34 PM desudesu1998
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''Sweeney Todd'' (subtitled "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"), is a highly-regarded musical with music and lyrics by StephenSondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. It is based on the Christopher Bond version of the legendary story of an English barber who murdered his customers and, with the help of his neighbor Mrs. Lovett, [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies made them into pies]]. In this version of the story, Todd is out to get revenge on a corrupt Judge who sent him to prison on false charges, raped his wife, and [[WifeHusbandry "adopted"]] his daughter fifteen years ago. Mrs. Lovett enables his bloodlust as it helps out her business, but meantime smoothly tries to dissuade him from this goal so that he can settle down with her.

The original Broadway production went up in 1979 at the Uris Theatre. It was directed by Harold Prince and starred Len Cariou as Sweeney Todd and Creator/AngelaLansbury as Mrs. Lovett. It has since been the subject of many revivals and concerts, and is widely considered Sondheim's masterpiece, and since the latest revival and release of [[Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet the Tim Burton film version]], it has become even more popular than ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''.

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''Sweeney Todd'' (subtitled "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"), is a highly-regarded musical with music and lyrics by StephenSondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. It is based on the Christopher Bond version of the legendary story of an English barber who murdered his customers and, with the help of his neighbor Mrs. Lovett, [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies made them into pies]]. In this version of the story, Todd is out to get revenge on a corrupt Judge who sent him to prison on false charges, raped his wife, and [[WifeHusbandry "adopted"]] his daughter fifteen years ago. Mrs. Lovett enables his bloodlust as it helps out her business, but meantime also smoothly tries to dissuade him from this goal so that he can settle down with her.

The original Broadway production went up in 1979 at the Uris Theatre. It was directed by Harold Prince and starred Len Cariou as Sweeney Todd and Creator/AngelaLansbury as Mrs. Lovett. It has since been the subject of many revivals and concerts, and is widely considered Sondheim's masterpiece, and since masterpiece. Since the latest revival and release of [[Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet the Tim Burton film version]], it has become even more popular than ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''.
29th Aug '16 7:06:54 AM Gravidef
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** Jack Eric Williams, who played Beadle Bamford in the original cast, is quite a ham himself. "GLAD AS ALWAYS TO OBLIGE MY FRRRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS!"
29th Aug '16 7:04:09 AM Gravidef
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* AccidentallyAccurate: An in-universe example. In "Epiphany," Todd sings "And my Lucy lies in ashes," presumably referring to the famous phrase "ashes to ashes, dust to dust." [[spoiler: Unbeknownst to him, Lucy is still alive and sleeping among the rubbish bins of London as a homeless beggar--she's ''literally'' "lying in ashes."]]



* BlackmailBackfire: When [[spoiler:Pirelli]] recognizes Sweeney from the old days when he was Benjamin Barker, he tries to blackmail him, threatening to tell Beadle Bramford about him if he doesn't hand over half his earnings to him every week. This proves to be his biggest mistake.

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* BlackmailBackfire: When [[spoiler:Pirelli]] recognizes Sweeney from the old days when he was Benjamin Barker, he tries to blackmail him, threatening to tell Beadle Bramford Bamford about him if he doesn't hand over half his earnings to him every week. This proves to be his biggest mistake.



** [[spoiler:"Don't I know you, mister?"]]

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** [[spoiler:"Don't When the Beggar Woman first meets Sweeney, she sings "Hey--don't I know you, mister?"]]mister?" [[spoiler: As mentioned above, the Beggar Woman is Lucy, his supposedly dead wife--despite being driven insane, she still remembered her husband.]]



-->[[spoiler:'''Mrs. Lovett''']]: "No, no, not lied at all--No, I never lied, said [[spoiler:she took a poison]]--she did, never said that [[spoiler:she died]]."

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-->[[spoiler:'''Mrs. Lovett''']]: "No, no, not lied at all--No, I never lied, said [[spoiler:she took a the poison]]--she did, never said that [[spoiler:she died]]."


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* InsaneTrollLogic: "Epiphany" is all about this. Todd decides that "We all deserve to die"--if you're an evil person, murder is a sacred duty, and if you're ''not'' evil, you're being mistreated by evil people, so being murdered is actually the best option.
14th Aug '16 3:10:10 PM morenohijazo
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* SplitHair: During the contest with Pirelli, Sweeney does this. Generally, on-stage, he pulls one of his hairs out, slices it, and watches it fall to the ground, all during a pause in Pirelli's song.
24th Jul '16 12:30:17 AM ianlazerbeem
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* StealthPun: The Ballad after [[spoiler: Pirelli's Death]] is a ''barbershop'' trio.
3rd Jul '16 5:37:36 PM eroock
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* ReassignedToAntarctica: The judge sends Benjamin off to Botany Bay on a false charge so that he could get at his wife Lucy.
3rd Jul '16 5:27:33 PM eroock
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* BlackmailBackfire: When [[spoiler:Pirelli]] recognizes Sweeney from the old days when he was Benjamin Barker, he tries to blackmail him, threatening to tell Beadle Bramford about him if he doesn't hand over half his earnings to him every week. This proves to be his biggest mistake.
3rd Jul '16 4:17:52 PM eroock
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* TogetherInDeath: Implied by the final scene of Todd dying while cradling Lucy.
3rd Jul '16 4:10:48 PM eroock
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* ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
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