Sweeney Todd is a man bent on personal revenge, the way we all are in one way or another, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with the time he lived in, as far as I'm concerned.”[3] However, Sondheim accepted Prince's vision as a different way to do the show, and as an opportunity to do the show on a large scale, knowing that small-scale productions could be done at any time. Where I'd really like to go, When Sondheim first played songs from an early version of the show for Judy Prince (wife of the show's director), she told him: "Oh God – I didn't know this was what [Sweeney Todd] was about. After Norm Lewis left, he was replaced by Hugh Panaro in the titular role. Original Broadway Version Lyrics [edit | edit source] MRS. LOVETT: (she kisses Todd) Ooh, Mr. Todd! The score is one vast structure, each individual part meshing with others for the good of the entire musical machine. "The most important thing here is that we're all having fun doing what we love to do."'. This production subsequently transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios and then the Ambassadors Theatre. "[40][41] When a character died, flour was poured over them. Other changes include Michael James Leslie as Judge Turpin. In autumn 2015 the Welsh National Opera and Wales Millennium Centre produced a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Royal Exchange Manchester as part of the WNO's "Madness" season. Here you will find unforgettable moments, scenes and lines from all your favorite films. It was directed by Christopher Ashley with choreography by Daniel Pelzig. With the odd payin' guest from the weekend trippers, I'm so happy! A holiday special is in the works, and early talks are underway for other collaborations. Sweeney Todd (Revival, Musical, Thriller, Broadway) opened in New York City Nov 3, 2005 and played through Sep 3, 2006. The citizens of London, who act as a Greek chorus throughout the play, drop a body bag and pour ashes into a shallow grave. [82] This recording was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. "Hearing people often take for granted all of the incidental information they get from their ears." It tells of her dream to be married to Sweeney by the seaside. Suddenly, the judge enters; Todd quickly seats him and lulls him with a relaxing conversation ("Pretty Women"). [4] After she was formally confirmed in the role, she relished the opportunity, saying that she loved "the extraordinary wit and intelligence of [Sondheim's] lyrics. 2 Club members can see a different show every night of the week. Never before or since in his work has Sondheim utilized music in such an exhaustive capacity to further the purposes of the drama. The cast features metal band front singers Nina Osegueda (A Sound of Thunder) as Mrs. Lovett, Andrew Lloyd Baughman (Diamond Dead) as Sweeney Todd, Rob Bradley (Aries and Thrillkiller) as Pirelli, and Irene Jericho (Cassandra Syndrome) as Beggar Woman. [39], Irish tenor David Shannon starred as Todd in a highly successful Dublin production of the show at the Gate Theatre, which ran from April 2007 through June 2007. Like the London production, the transfer was directed by Bill Buckhurst, designed by Simon Kenny and produced by Rachel Edwards, Jenny Gersten, Seaview Productions, and Nate Koch, executive producer, in association with Barrow Street Theatre. Once he has the Judge in his chair, Todd soothes him with another conversation on women, but this time he alludes to their "fellow tastes, in women at least". Directed by Staffan Aspegren and starting Sauli Tiilikainen (Sweeney Todd) and Ritva Auvinen (Mrs. Lovett). Ooh, Mr. Todd! However, Prince soon discovered a metaphor in which to set the show, making what Sondheim had originally envisioned as "a small horror piece" into a colossal portrait of the Industrial Revolution, and an examination of the general human condition of the time as it related to men like Sweeney Todd. Hoo, hoo! The Icelandic Opera performed Sweeney Todd in the fall of 2004, the first time in Iceland. Anthony leaves to seek a coach after he and Johanna reaffirm their love ("Ah Miss" – reprise). To the seaside, Ev'ry night, in the kip, when we're through our kippers, After a day of hard work, while Todd remains fixated on his revenge, Mrs. Lovett envisions a seaside retirement ("By the Sea"). Oh, I can see us now, in our bathing dresses! Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (often referred to simply as Sweeney Todd) is a 1979 musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. By the sea! BroadwayWorld.com - Broadway's Premier Web Resource. [31], The Tooting Arts Club production transferred to Off-Broadway, transforming the Barrow Street Theatre into a working re-creation of Harrington's pie shop. For other uses, see, "Pretty Women" redirects here. The seagulls squawkin,' The look of the production was quite abstract. Except a seagull [49], In 2015, Victorian Opera's production was performed at the Melbourne Arts Centre. Wot have swum to us straight from the Straits of Bering! I think it's not. Directed by Melissa Baughman. By the sea! Wouldn't that be smashing? 1 They have been restored in subsequent productions. Debbie Allen Talks About Making THE NUTCRACKER Inclusive, Glenn Close Talks Creating Characters in Quarantine, Josh Groban Performs 'The World We Knew' on TONIGHT SHOW. The director was Declan Donnellan and the Cottesloe Theatre production starred Alun Armstrong as Todd and Julia McKenzie as Mrs. Lovett, with Adrian Lester as Anthony, Barry James as Beadle Bamford and Denis Quilley (who had originated the title role in the original London production in 1980) as Judge Turpin. Lyrics to 'By The Sea' by Sweeney Todd: Oh, Mr. Todd, I'm so happy I could eat you up, I really could You know what I'd like to do, Mr. Todd? I'm so happy! She recalled, "I just ran with it. Married nice and proper! By the sea, Mr. Todd, that's the life I covet, Leaving Anthony, Todd enters a meat pie shop on Fleet Street, where the owner, the slatternly widow Mrs. Lovett, laments the scarcity of meat and customers ("Worst Pies in London"). By the sea! Todd has acquired a special mechanical barber's chair that allows him to kill clients and then send their bodies directly through a chute into the pie shop's basement bakehouse. I can hear us wakin,' The cast included George Hearn (a last-minute substitute for Bryn Terfel), Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, Davis Gaines, John Aler, Paul Plishka, Heidi Grant Murphy, Stanford Olsen and Audra McDonald. Because it is an opera. poured in from fans, educators and theater access organizations. [16], The first national U.S. tour started on October 24, 1980, in Washington, D.C. and ended in August 1981 in Los Angeles, California. But a seaside wedding could be devised, Become a Musicnotes Pro - Plus member today and receive PDFs included with every song plus take 15% off all digital sheet music purchases! (kiss) Sondheim felt that the addition of music would greatly increase the size of the drama, transforming it into a different theatrical experience, saying later: What I did to Chris' play is more than enhance it. Then I'll knit a sweater It stars Johnny Depp as Todd (Depp received an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award for his performance), Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett, Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin, Sacha Baron Cohen as Signor Pirelli, Jamie Campbell Bower as Anthony Hope, Laura Michelle Kelly as The Beggar Woman, Jayne Wisener as Johanna, Ed Sanders as Toby, and Timothy Spall as Beadle Bamford. When it's just you and me and the English Channel! [70] Sondheim himself has described the piece as a "black operetta",[71] and indeed, only about 20% of the show is spoken; the rest is sung-through. It is based on the 1973 play of the same name by Christopher Bond. Remembering Toby, Todd starts to leave, but, realizing he has left his razor behind, returns just as the disguised Johanna rises, horrified, from the trunk. ‡ This song was moved to after "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd. This production was also broadcast on Spanish television. Princeton University Press. It included the Judge's "Johanna" and the tooth-pulling contest from Act I, which had been cut in previews. [27] The production received positive reviews from both critics and audience members and transferred to the Adelphi Theatre in the West End in 2012 for a limited run from March 10 to September 22, 2012. It was produced by Theodore Mann, directed by Susan H. Schulman, with choreography by Michael Lichtefeld. It's the story of your [own] life."[2]. In spring 2006, the production toured the UK with Jason Donovan as Todd and Harriet Thorpe as Mrs. Lovett. In contrast to the original Broadway version, the production was designed on a relatively intimate scale and was affectionately referred to as "Teeny Todd."