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 pretty much 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.