Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, US & Canada by Robert L. Mack

By Robert L. Mack

A sensational tale of homicide and pie-making, Sweeney Todd is a vintage of British horror writing, greatly tailored in print and on degree, so much famously by means of Stephen Sondheim, whose not going "musical mystery" gained 8 Tony awards. This version bargains the unique tale with all its atmospheric Victorian trimmings. the tale of Todd's murderous partnership with pie-maker Margery Lovett--at as soon as inconceivably unpalatable and undeniably compelling--has consequently set the desk for a doubtless unending sequence of winning dramatic diversifications, renowned songs and ballads, novellas, radio performs, image novels, ballets, movies, and musicals. either gleeful and ghoulish, the unique story of Sweeney Todd, first released less than the identify The String of Pearls, combines the tale of Todd's grisly approach to robbing and dispatching his victims--by manner of Mrs. Lovett's meat pies--with a romantic sub-plot regarding deception, conceal, and detective paintings, set opposed to the backdrop of London's darkish and unsavory streets. Editor Robert Mack 'fleshes' out the tale with a desirable advent referring to the origins of the story, the expansion of the legend, and a heritage of its many retellings. Mack additionally contains explanatory notes that time out attention-grabbing elements, plus an entire chronology of the numerous models of Sweeney Todd.Since Sweeney Todd first entered the general public mind's eye within the mid-nineteenth-century, his exploits have chilled and involved audiences all over the world. This new version permits glossy readers to savour the ghastly unique in all its grotesque glory.

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1979 Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. A Musical Thriller, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, premieres on 1 March at the Uris Theatre in New York. The cast includes Len Cariou as Sweeney Todd, Angela Lansbury as Mrs Lovett, and Victor Garber as the young hero, Anthony Hope. Sondheim’s musical is subsequently awarded the 1979 Tony, and the Drama Critics Circle Award for ‘Best Musical’. The work initially attracted less attention when it was first staged at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London the following year.

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