Sweeney Todd
Composer: Stephen Sondheim
Composer Bio: Award winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim does not consider his musicals to be Broadway Operas but they have been embraced as such wholeheartedly. Blurring the lines between musical theatre and traditional opera, he has written music and lyrics for some of the 20th century’s most important stage works for voice, incorporating both humorous and dark subject matter.

Born into a Jewish family in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Sondheim showed early ability in both music and mathematics. After the departure of his father at age ten, he moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he gained an important musical role model, Oscar Hammerstein II. Watching the success of Rodgers and Hammerstein as a teenager and already guided toward musical theatre he studied piano and wrote scripts and scores during his four years at Williams College, earning him a two year composition scholarship studying with avant-garde composer Milton Babbitt.

Sondheim’s breakthrough came with his lyrics to Leonard Bernstein’s musical West Side Story in 1957. The collaboration's success earned him a multitude of creative partnerships before finally writing both the music and lyrics for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in 1962. Recognized as a master of songwriting he went on to win multiple Tony and Grammy Awards as well as an Academy Award for Best Song and the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
Librettist: Hugh Wheeler
Other Artistic Personnel: Harold Prince, Director
Larry Fuller, Choreographer
Eugene Lee, Production Design
Franne Lee, Costume Design
Ken Billington, Lighting Design
Original Cast: Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd)
Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Lovett)
Edmund Lyndeck (Judge Turbin)
Sarah Rice (Johanna)
Victor Garber (Anthony Hall)
Ken Jennings (Tobias Ragg)
Merle Louise (Beggar Woman)
Joaquin Romaguera (Pirelli)
Eric Williams (the Beadle)
Premiere Date: March 01, 1979
Producing Company: Richard Barr
Description: Based on Christopher Bond's retelling of the Victorian pennydreadful The String of Pearls, (which was itself a retelling of a British myth, possibly rooted in truth) this musical (with a book by Hugh Wheeler) tells the tale of Sweeney Todd, a murderous barber, and his partner in crime, Nellie Lovett, a baker who disposes of the bodies by baking them into her pies. Meanwhile, Anthony Hope, a sailor who saved Todd's life, falls in love with Todd's estranged daughter, Johanna, who is being brought up as the ward of the twisted Judge Turpin.
Character List (Major): Sweeney Todd (b-bar)
Mrs. Lovett (con)
Anthony Hope (t)
Johanna (s)
Tobias Ragg (t)
Judge Turpin (b)
Beggar Woman (mz)
Character List (Minor): Pirelli (t)
Beadle (t)
Bit Parts: Jonas Fogg (speaking role)
Bird Keeper (speaking role)
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: SATB, minimum 24
Contact: Music Theatre International
Phone: (212) 541-4684
Publisher Web Site: http://www.mtishows.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Vancouver Opera
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Friday, April 24, 2015 - Houston Grand Opera
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Friday, March 13, 2015 - Eugene Opera
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Friday, February 6, 2015 - Madison Opera
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Friday, May 9, 2014 - Virginia Opera
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Friday, October 19, 2012 - Pensacola Opera
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Saturday, May 26, 2012 - Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Saturday, January 9, 2010 - Mobile Opera
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Saturday, October 27, 2007 - Shreveport Opera
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Thursday, June 21, 2007 - LOOK Music Theatre
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Thursday, April 6, 2006 - North Bay Opera
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Friday, December 3, 2004 - Opera Cleveland
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Friday, March 5, 2004 - New York City Opera
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Friday, February 20, 2004 - Arizona Opera
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Saturday, January 31, 2004 - Calgary Opera Association
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Saturday, April 26, 2003 - Opera Colorado
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Friday, November 22, 2002 - Toledo Opera
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Monday, November 18, 2002 - Lyric Opera of Chicago
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Thursday, July 18, 2002 - State Opera of South Australia
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Monday, April 22, 2002 - Opera Australia
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Friday, September 21, 2001 - Opera Australia
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Thursday, October 16, 1997 - University of Michigan University Productions
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Wednesday, April 23, 1997 - Skylight Music Theatre
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Saturday, February 17, 1996 - Portland Opera
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Friday, June 23, 1995 - Des Moines Metro Opera
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Wednesday, September 29, 1993 - Opera Roanoke
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Thursday, October 31, 1991 - Townsend Opera Players
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