Sweeney Todd : The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Sweeney Todd : The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Release Date: September 12, 1982

Year    :   1982
Slogan    :   «Sondheim's darkly savage tale of revenge featuring the first national touring cast.»
Genres    :   Music, Drama, Thriller, Horror
Production Companies    :   RKO Radio Pictures, The Nederlander Organization
Director    :   Terry Hughes
Producers    :   Ellen Krass, Bonnie Burns, Archer King, James Rich, Jr., Phyllis J. Nelson, Frank Hartenstein, Richard King, Bruce Malter, Lyn McDowell, Arnold M. Huberman
Writers    :   Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler, Christopher Bond
RunTime    :   140 mins.

Times are hard in 1846 London and one must make do. Nellie Lovett adds something extra to the meat pies she peddles on Fleet Street. The secret ingredient: freshly murdered victims of her partner in crime, barber Sweeney Todd. Composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim refashions a macabre tale into a musical masterwork in this dazzling performance of the 1979 Broadway hit originally staged by Harold Prince. In her Tony-winning role, Angela Lansbury plays Nellie. George Hearn turns his stage role of twisted Sweeney into an Emmy-winning triumph. The score coils around itself in every-tightening spirals. The lines ripple with black humor and madness. Enter Sweeney's tonsorial parlor. Attend the tale. Originally shown on cable by The Entertainment Channel, later rebroadcast by Showtime, and finally aired on the PBS series "Great Performances" (season 12, episode 9).

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