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March 1, 1979
Sweeney Todd
Composer:Stephen Sondheim
Librettist:Hugh WheelerStephen Sondheim
Synopsis
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.


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Opera OmahaSweeney Todd2/25/2022 - 2/27/2022
Des Moines Metro OperaSweeney Todd7/2/2021 - 7/25/2021
Wolf Trap Opera CompanySweeney Todd7/2/2021 - 7/3/2021
Michigan Opera TheatreSweeney Todd11/16/2019 - 11/24/2019
Atlanta OperaSweeney Todd6/9/2018 - 6/17/2018
Pittsburgh Festival OperaSweeney Todd7/7/2017 - 7/22/2017
Skylight Music TheatreSweeney Todd5/19/2017 - 5/19/2017
New Orleans Opera AssociationSweeney Todd2/10/2017 - 2/12/2017
Glimmerglass FestivalSweeney Todd7/9/2016 - 8/26/2016
Portland OperaSweeney Todd6/3/2016 - 6/11/2016
Tri-Cities OperaSweeney Todd4/29/2016 - 5/1/2016
Opera RoanokeSweeney Todd10/30/2015 - 11/1/2015
Vancouver OperaSweeney Todd4/25/2015 - 5/3/2015
Hawai'i Opera TheatreSweeney Todd4/24/2015 - 4/28/2015
Eugene OperaSweeney Todd3/13/2015 - 3/15/2015
Houston Grand OperaSweeney Todd2/24/2015 - 5/9/2015
Madison OperaSweeney Todd2/6/2015 - 2/8/2015
Virginia OperaSweeney Todd5/5/2014 - 5/25/2014
Pensacola OperaSweeney Todd10/10/2012 - 10/20/2012
St. Petersburg Opera CompanySweeney Todd10/5/2012 - 10/9/2012
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisSweeney Todd5/5/2012 - 6/24/2012
Mobile OperaSweeney Todd1/9/2010 - 1/9/2010
Shreveport OperaSweeney Todd10/26/2007 - 10/26/2007
LOOK Musical TheatreSweeney Todd6/6/2007 - 7/13/2007
North Bay OperaSweeney Todd4/4/2006 - 4/30/2006
The Cleveland OperaSweeney Todd12/1/2004 - 12/5/2004
New York City OperaSweeney Todd3/1/2004 - 3/28/2004
Arizona OperaSweeney Todd2/1/2004 - 2/29/2004
Calgary Opera AssociationSweeney Todd1/1/2004 - 2/1/2004
Opera ColoradoSweeney Todd4/4/2003 - 5/5/2003
Toledo OperaSweeney Todd11/11/2002 - 11/23/2002
Lyric Opera of ChicagoSweeney Todd11/11/2002 - 12/21/2002
State Opera of South AustraliaSweeney Todd7/7/2002 - 7/27/2002
Opera AustraliaSweeney Todd4/4/2002 - 5/11/2002
Opera AustraliaSweeney Todd9/9/2001 - 11/3/2001
University of MichiganSweeney Todd10/1/1997 - 10/18/1997
Skylight Music TheatreSweeney Todd4/4/1997 - 5/11/1997
Wichita State University Opera TheatreSweeney Todd4/4/1996 - 4/21/1996
Portland OperaSweeney Todd2/2/1996 - 2/25/1996
Des Moines Metro OperaSweeney Todd6/6/1995 - 7/15/1995
Opera RoanokeSweeney Todd9/1/1993 - 10/1/1993
Opera ModestoSweeney Todd10/1/1991 - 10/31/1991


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
Opera for a New America 1994

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Number of Acts
2

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)


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