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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Applause Musical Library)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd makes sure that the man will rank with the best musical theater composers as well as the best classical composers. His eclectic, thrilling score for Sweeney Todd includes patter songs for the wonderful Mrs. Lovett, incredible arias for Sweeney Todd and romantic ballads for the young lovers. Although it is priced at $100.00, it is nearly 400 pages long and includes every note of music in the show as well as plently of dialouge that is incoroporated into musical scenes.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: A Musical Thriller" is perhaps the most intense dark comedy ever. The musical is not intended for those of the weak at heart. The musical is about a mad Barber who wants nothing but revenge on the judge who unjustly transported him to a prison in Australia. Having lost his first chance at the Judge, he vows to murder any one who is a costomer. The Musical shows Sondheims power when it comes to moving music. This musical touches and dares to rattle the very foundation of society as the story becomes an example of how men do not kill because they want to, men becomes killers because they are programed to. The lyrics are incredeble and very realistic... I dare even say, as I sit here writing this, I can still hear the acute shrilling of the factory whistle and from a distance Sweeney inviting me to sit on his chair.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2009
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
The $100 price tag is well worth the money to obtain this score for the original Broadway production. Although the movie version will stand alone on it's own merits, and the last New York revival went to some strange lengths to rework the staging for it's own ends, it is always best to see the original form. Having performed the role of Sweeney twice, myself, it is great to be able to own my own version of the score!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
While I do like this book and will keep it, it's not what I thought it was when I ordered it. This is not the sheet music for Sweeney Todd, it is the dialogue and lyrics only.
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on October 2, 2011
Fans of Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" who come across this listing need to be aware that this book contains the full script from around the time of the original production, the lyrics, and the original cast list, and the lyrics and surrounding dialogue of one song cut from the original script. However, none of the score or music is given. Any music will have to come from the reader humming the tunes to the lyrics as s/he reads along. There is no foreword or commentary, except the barest hint of a comment in the Appendix, the cut song of "Johanna" sung by Judge Turpin.

But this particular published version is useful for including the tooth-pulling scene in its original narrative context, which the creators cut at the time to tighten Act I. In the original structure, Judge Turpin's song of "Johanna" was to have occurred just after the tooth-pulling scene, but the creators also cut that from the original run as well. The Appendix hints only partly, and very briefly, at the reason for this song being cut, "for reasons of time". 30+ years later, if you read Sondheim's "Finishing the Hat", you will read about the other reason why the song was cut. In Sondheim's eyes, this has to do with director Hal Prince's "surprising prudishness" at what happens with Judge Turpin in the course of the song. This "Johanna" number has since been restored in most, if not all, productions since the mid-1980's, to give the story back the original 3 "Johanna" numbers (i.e. 3 different songs all with the same title). But in this book, this number is placed away from its original narrative context.

Having this book of the musical is very useful for those who want to study the dialogue in a quick manner, without having to jump around a CD or DVD recording. There is an obvious typo in the Amazon header, with the misspelled word "Dewmon", which needs to be corrected.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This script isn't what the official MTI script uses. Some of the words are different. It's nice if you're following along with the 1983 DVD of Angela Lansbury and George Hearn.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 1999
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This show is not for all tastes. If you are a fan of Stephen Sondheim...or even if you are not you will find this show moves you and makes you feel for the man society usually portrays as the villain through the media. This is a script to a show about a barber who was exiled to Australia by a Judge and his Beadle and who returns to take his revenge. The original show starred the amazing Len Cariou and the always fabulous Angela Lansbury. This is not your "Sound of Music" and other very happy musicals. This is very mature but awesome and intelligent...and FEELING.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
It was so wonderful to buy this book and to have the entirity of the musical right at my finger tips word for word. It's truly one of the best musicals ever concocted and Sondheim is a genius. I reccomend this to everyone whose a fan of the show.. if you're not familiar with the show, it might seem a little strange to you..
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on June 20, 2008
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This is the script of the play by Christopher Bond, which the Sondheim musical is based on. I enjoyed reading it quite a bit, as a theater enthusiast. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves the musical and would like to read a slightly different vision of the story. To me, Todd's character seems very different in the play than in the musical. An entertaining read.
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on September 16, 2011
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I needed this book for my theatrical style class. I'm not exactly a theatre freak so I didn't want to spend so much on the five plays we needed to buy for the class. In my school bookstore this book/play was $15. I got such a great deal buying it here. And the condition is great, exactly what I need. And I really appreciate the price since I am a broke college kid. :)
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