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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982)

Sweeney Todd (George Hearn) returns to London to uncover the past, along the way meeting Mrs. Nellie Lovett (Dame Angela Lansbury), and begins to start his life of crime.

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Hugh Wheeler (book), Christopher Bond (based upon the play by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Nellie Lovett
George Hearn ... Sweeney Todd
Cris Groenendaal Cris Groenendaal ... Anthony Hope
Sara Woods Sara Woods ... Beggar Woman
Edmund Lyndeck ... Judge Turpin
Calvin Remsberg Calvin Remsberg ... The Beadle
Betsy Joslyn Betsy Joslyn ... Johanna
Sal Mistretta ... Pirelli
Spain Logue Spain Logue ... Birdseller
Walter Charles Walter Charles ... Passerby
Michael Kalinyen Michael Kalinyen ... Jonas Fogg
Roy Gioconda Roy Gioconda ... Company
Skip Harris Skip Harris ... Company
Duane Morris Duane Morris ... Company
Patricia Parker Patricia Parker ... Company
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Storyline

It's 1846. Sweeney Todd (George Hearn) and Anthony Hope (Cris Groenendaal), greeted only by a crazed beggar woman (Sara Woods), sail into London, where Todd implies he has been before, but not in quite some time. Todd heads to his old stomping grounds of Fleet Street, where he runs across the pie shop belonging to Mrs. Nellie Lovett (Dame Angela Lansbury), who professes to make the worst meat pies in London due to the high cost of meat. The upstairs of her building has sat empty since no one wants to rent a space that is considered haunted by its long ago tenant, barber Benjamin Barker, who was falsely accused and ultimately sentenced by the sadistic Judge Turpin (Edmund Lyndeck) and who was shipped away to prison in Botany Bay, Australia, leaving his wife Lucy and infant daughter Johanna alone in the world. Todd comes to an agreement with Mrs. Lovett to rent the upstairs of her building so that he can open his own barber shop. A series of incidents, including one with rival barber ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Original Broadway Cast members in this taping include Dame Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Nellie Lovett) , Ken Jennings (Toby), Edmund Lyndeck (Judge Turpin), and Betsy Joslyn (Johanna) and Cris Groenendaal (Anthony) who played Members of the Company and understudied for Sarah Rice and Victor Garber as Johanna and Anthony, respectively. See more »

Goofs

When Toby finds the dead Beadle, his words do not match his mouth at all. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man: [singing] Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd. His skin was pale and his eye was odd. He shaved the faces of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard of again. He trod a path that few have trod, Did Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
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Connections

Version of Bloodthirsty Butchers (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

The Barber and His Wife
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by George Hearn
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Attend the Tale...
14 February 2008 | by Scars_RemainSee all my reviews

Last year, I fell in love with the Tim Burton's version of Sweeney Todd so I wanted to check out the other versions of this musical and I found this one at the library. Though I think Burton's is best, probably because I like film a lot better than theater, this is still a great production of the story. I haven't seen any of the other versions but I am trying to get my hands on them.

After seeing Johnny Depp as Todd, it's hard for me to imagine anyone else in the role, but George Hearn does a fantastic job. Angela Lansbury is great, as always and all of the singing is fantastic. I found myself singing along. This is a play you won't want to miss, but try and see it before you see the film version so you won't have a biased view like me.


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