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Sweeney Todd
PREMIERE3/1/1979 — Uris Theatre
COMPOSERStephen Sondheim   
LIBRETTISTSHugh Wheeler   Stephen Sondheim   
Glimmerglass Festival
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DATETIMELOCATION
7/09/2016--Cooperstown, NY
7/18/2016--Cooperstown, NY
7/22/2016--Cooperstown, NY
7/30/2016--Cooperstown, NY
8/04/2016--Cooperstown, NY
8/06/2016--Cooperstown, NY
8/13/2016--Cooperstown, NY
8/15/2016--Cooperstown, NY
8/21/2016--Cooperstown, NY
8/23/2016--Cooperstown, NY
8/26/2016--Cooperstown, NY
Synopsis

Sweeney Todd is a fictional character who first appeared as the villain of the Victorian penny dreadful serial The String of Pearls (1846–47). The original tale became a staple of Victorian melodrama and London urban legend. A barber from Fleet Street, Todd murders his customers with a straight razor and turns their bodies over to Mrs. Lovett, his partner in crime, who bakes their flesh into meat pies. The tale has been retold many times since in various media, most notably in the Tony award–winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. The musical, based on Christopher Bond's 1973 play of the same name, significantly deepened Todd’s character. It depicts him as former prisoner Benjamin Barker, who becomes obsessed with murdering Turpin, the judge who unjustly convicted him and destroyed his family.

Claims that Sweeney Todd was a historical person are strongly disputed by scholars, although possible legendary prototypes exist.

MOST PRODUCED SINCE 2000
RANKTITLEPRODUCTIONS
55Sweeney Todd35
56Susannah34
57Dead Man Walking33
57HMS Pinafore33
59Julius Caesar31
60Dialogues of the Carmelites30
This work ranks as the #6 most produced North American title since 2000.

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