Awesome: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The musical

  • Tragically left out of the film adaptation, when sweet little Johanna kills the asylum worker holding her captive, something Anthony had been unable to do.
  • "I will have vengeance! I will have salvation!"
  • Also sadly left out of the film, "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd". It's meant to sound like a Dies Irae.
  • "A Little Priest" (my favourite version of it is the Patti LuPone/George Hearn concert version). Utterly breathtaking, utterly hilarious, and a perfect finale to the first act.
  • Watching Sweeney take his sweet time shaving the guy and still beating Signor Pirelli is pretty awesome.
  • Michael Ball's entire performance in the 2012 London revival. He's a terrific musical theatre actor and singer, but he's also one of the last people you would think of for the title role, which is a 180-degree turn from all of the roles for which he's most famous. He ends up knocking it out of the park with an utterly terrifying portrayal.

The 2007 film

  • "At last! My arm is complete again." This one's a Moment of Awesome mainly because of the Awesome Music that kicks in as the camera pans out, which replaces "Lift your razor high, Sweeney! / Hear it singing, yes!" from the stage version.
  • Sweeney going into Start of Darkness mode in "Epiphany":
    Sweeney: I will have vengeance! / I will have salvation!
  • Mrs. Lovett, after Sweeney has killed Signore Pirelli and has suggested merely burying him in a secret place, instead suggests they bake him into pies and sell him to the people of London. Awesome, indeed.
  • Anthony rescuing Johanna from Bedlam House and then leaving Mr. Fogg, the asylum keeper, at the mercy of his "children." Bad. Ass.
  • And of course:
    Judge Turpin: How seldom it is one meets a fellow spirit.
    Sweeney Todd: With fellow tastes... in women at least.
    Judge Turpin: [unsettled] What's that?
    Sweeney Todd: The years, no doubt, have changed me, sir. But then I suppose the face of a barber, the face of a prisoner in the dock, is not particularly memorable.
    Judge Turpin: [with immense shock] Benjamin... Barker...
    Sweeney Todd: BENJAMIN BARKER!!! [cue the bloodiest vengeance ever]
  • The ever practical Mrs. Lovett's "That's all very well, but what are we gonna do about him?"
    • And of course the danse macabre after Todd realizes he killed his wife and that Mrs. Lovett had lied to him about her being dead — complete with him complimenting Mrs. Lovett on being "eminently practical and appropriate as always" before throwing her into her own oven.