Sweeney Todd

Musical

Writers: Hugh Wheeler Stephen Sondheim

Overview

Show Information

Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
1979
Genres
Drama, Dark Comedy, Horror
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
19th century london, fleet street and environs
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Optional
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, elderly, young adult, late teen, child, early teen characters

Synopsis

One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years, and it’s the high water mark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince.

Lead Characters