Watch the original Sweeney Todd with Angela Lansbury right here! - Broadway at Home, Day 11
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And today, stream the full Original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd, starring Angela Lansbury! The 1979 musical has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical opened on Broadway in 1979, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and later transferred to the West End in 1980. Click here to stream the musical or browse our complete list of free musicals!
This recording was taped before a live audience at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles during the first national tour of the Broadway production, with additional taping done in an empty theatre. The show was televised on September 12, 1982 on The Entertainment Channel and won The Emmy Award for Best Direction (Terry Hughes) and Best Performance (George Hearn). Watch the original trailer below!
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.