* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Actually adapting ''Sweeney Todd'' for the cinema while remaining faithful to the original musical. Sondheim approves of Tim Burton.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: He is, after all, ''Stephen frickin' Sondheim''.
* TrueArt - If you're a detractor, anyway:
** TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: ''Anyone Can Whistle'' and ''Theatre/{{Sunday in the Park with George}}'' are total [[MindScrew Mind Screws]].
** TrueArtIsAngsty: We did mention that his most famous show is about a [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet serial killer]], right?
*** And the main [[Theatre/WestSideStory competitor]] for "most famous" is a retelling of ''Romeo and Juliet''. You know, teenaged star-crossed lovers, fatal miscommunication, gang violence... what's not to love?
*** Then there's ''Bounce,'' which was initially a buddy comedy. It wasn't received all that well. Then it was re-tooled as ''Road Show,'' and was much darker, and received a better reception.
*** ''Evening Primrose'' doesn't sound like it would be, but after watching it, you will feel uncomfortable. Because it turns out, [[spoiler: the mannequins in department stores are murdered and well-preserved people...]] And while it is one of his lesser known works, it is now considered a particular gem in hiss career.