RISE & SHINE BROADWAY FANS. The biggest night of year for Theatre nerds is only 18 days away. We are waking you up once again with our Top 30 Tony Awards countdown playing you the best performances from the past telecasts.
Continuing our countdown at #18 is one of the most iconic, haunting, and dark musicals of all time. It all begins with the sound of a screechy factory whistle… We of course are talking about Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler famous tale of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
From the 1979 telecast, the legendary Tony winners Dame Angela Lansbury laments about working in her pie shopping baking and selling THE WORST PIES IN LONDON.
SWEENEY TODD premiered in 1979 at Broadway’s Uris Theatre (currently the Gershwin Theatre) with Lansbury and Tony winner Len Cariou for 557 performances. It was nominated for 9 Tonys that same year and winning 8 (including Best Musical). The musical would later be revived twice. The first revival began in 1989 at Circle in the Square Theatre starring Bob Gunton and Beth Fowler for 238 performances. In addition, it was nominated for 4 Tonys that same year (including Best Revival Of A Musical) but lost all of it’s categories.The most recent revival happened in 2005 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre for 384 performances starring 2 time Tony winners Patti LuPone?and Michael Ceveris. This production was known for it’s intimate staging where the pit was removed and instead had the actors also serve as the orchestra playing the score live. That production was nominated for 6 Tonys in 2006 winning 2 including Best Director (for John Doyle, who is nominated again this year for The Color Purple Musical).
Doesn’t this musical give you thrills and horror?!!