Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Book by Hugh Wheeler

Introduction by Christopher Bond

"Mr. Sondheim fearlessly explores psychic caverns where civilized people are not dying to go ... A naked Sweeney Todd stands revealed as a musical of naked rage, chewing up everyone in its path as it spits out blood and tears." – Frank Rich, The New York Times • "A work of such scope and such daring that it dwarfs every other Broadway musical that even attempts to invite comparison." – Rex Reed, New York Daily News

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557830661
Publisher: Applause
Publication date: 05/01/2000
Series: Applause Libretto Library Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 262,009
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Stephen Sondheim has written award-winning music and lyrics for theater, film and television. He is also the coauthor of the film The Last of Sheila and the play Getting Away with Murder. Sondheim is on the council of the Dramatists Guild of America, having served as its president from 1973 to 1981. He lives in New York City.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Joles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The libretto to the musical. This is excellent. Don't think this is the movie. It is the original Broadway musical words and direction.
ncgraham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must admit I don¿t exactly see the point in reading a musical, especially one with as many musical numbers as Sweeney Todd. But this was a school assignment, so I simply shook my head and mumbled ¿okay.¿This is not to say I did not enjoy the experience. It¿s a good show, and reading it did bring certain lyrics to the fore that I had not noticed before, such as Sweeney¿s line ¿if only angels could prevail/we¿d be the way we were,¿ which I think speaks to one of the musical¿s most important themes, the way in which we all long for something better.So I do think I understand the musical better now, but for all newcomers I would say to skip reading it, and instead watch the excellent video of the stage production starring George Hearn and Angela Lansbury (just ignore the shrieky and cross-eyed Johanna, blech). I¿ve not seen the Tim Burton movie, and I¿m not sure I want to, because one of the things I like best about the musical is the almost operatic complexity of its score—so to cut and simplify the songs is going rather against the grain as far as I¿m concerned.A final word to those of you who are put off by the gruesomeness of the subject matter: as I said to my father recently, yes, murder and cannibalism is involved in the plot, but that¿s not really what it is about. It¿s a very complex show thematically; for me, it is about revenge and the way it comes back to bite you, how messed up human love can be, and the class system.So the show? Recommended. The book? Only for those who already like it and want to have a closer look at it.
cinesnail88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two simple facts about me sum up why I disliked this:1. I don't like musicals - with the exception of a few 'classics'.2. I can't stand being forced to read musical verse.Unfortunately, I think this might have made a fun play, but I didn't like the musical.
Ballet More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much!!!! I have already read it 5 times and I plan on reading it again. It is a little different from the movie but it's okay because both are fabulous. You probably won't be able to tell the difference. Sondheim is an avsolute genious and it shows. The most amazing song ever, Johanna(reprise~with Sweeney and Antony) is in here!!!!! So if you liked the movie read this book because it's the original. If you haven't seen the movie you need to because my future husband, Johnny Depp, sings in it!!!! Also it has Sacha Boron Cohen(Borat) and Helena Bonham Carter(Corpse Bride, Harry Potter)who also sing. To make it better it is directed by Tim Burton(Edward Sissorhands, Nightmare before Christmas, Alice in wonerland). It is an amazing story about a demon barber who kills his customers anh with the help of Mrs. Lovett makes them in to meat pies. If you read this book, see the movie or bradway production you're be sure to be very careful when you go get a shave or eat a meat pie!!!!!!:)
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I believe Sondheim is an absolute genius. The plot line is absolutely breathtaking and you find yourself lost in the story not wanting to put it down until you see whether or not Todd...well, read it for yourself, I know Todd wouldn't want me to give away the end.