- Series: Applause Musical Library
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (May 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557830665
- ISBN-13: 978-1557830661
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Applause Musical Library) Paperback – May 1, 2000
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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.)
It had all the original stuff written by Sondheim, so interesting to see the entirety of the play and to see his vision of the characters.Foreword by Christopher Bond is very entertaining.
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Exactly what I wanted! Complete script with music! It even had great pictures!! I'm very pleased :)Published 19 months ago by Lydia Hundley
This version is so great. I especially enjoyed getting the digital version ahead of time for free. Great musical. You'll love it!Published on January 14, 2014 by PJ Woodside
Sweeney Todd has a connotation with blood and gore, but it is really a story of love, loss, regret, and revenge.This story has violence, but it focuses on uniquely human issues.Published on December 14, 2013 by Lauren
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.Published on May 16, 2013 by Paige Turner
It was exactly what the description described, and worked well for my school assignment. It was a worth the purchase.Published on March 18, 2013 by Khloé
Iloved the book. Just saw the play. Now I"m passing the book around to friends. Will plan to order more books.Published on November 24, 2012 by Paul N. Zahniser