Sweeney Todd

Musical - Original

Uris Theatre

  • First Preview: February 6, 1979
  • Opening Date: March 1, 1979
  • Closing Date: June 29, 1980
  • Previews: 19
  • Performances: 557

Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Music: Stephen Sondheim

Book: Hugh Wheeler

Synopsis

A barber who was unjustly imprisoned for years by a corrupt judge returns to England bent on revenge — a revenge that turns indiscriminately murderous, leading his resourceful accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, to bake the victims into meat pies.

 

Opening Night Cast

Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd Angela Lansbury Mrs. Lovett
Len Cariou in Sweeney Todd Len Cariou Sweeney Todd
Victor Garber in Sweeney Todd Victor Garber Anthony Hope
Ken Jennings in Sweeney Todd Ken Jennings Tobias Ragg
Merle Louise in Sweeney Todd Merle Louise Beggar Woman
Edmund Lyndeck Judge Turpin
Sarah Rice Johanna
Joaquin Romaguera Pirelli
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Hugh Wheeler Book
Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim Music
Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim Lyrics
Harold Prince Harold Prince Director
  Larry Fuller Dance and Movement
Eugene Lee Eugene Lee Production Design
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Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1979 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Len Cariou Winner
1979 Outstanding Actress in a Musical Angela Lansbury Winner
1979 Outstanding Book of a Musical Hugh Wheeler Winner
1979 Outstanding Choreography Larry Fuller Nominee
1979 Outstanding Costume Design Franne Lee Nominee
1979 Outstanding Director of a Musical Harold Prince Winner
1979 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Ken Jennings Winner
1979 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Merle Louise Winner
1979 Outstanding Lighting Design Ken Billington Nominee
1979 Outstanding Lyrics Stephen Sondheim Winner
1979 Outstanding Music Stephen Sondheim Winner
1979 Outstanding Musical   Winner
1979 Outstanding Set Design Eugene Lee Nominee

New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1979 Best Musical Stephen Sondheim
Hugh Wheeler
Winner

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1979 Outstanding New Broadway Musical   Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1979 Theatre World Award Ken Jennings Winner
1979 Theatre World Award Sarah Rice Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1979 Actor in a Musical Len Cariou Winner
1979 Actress in a Musical Angela Lansbury Winner
1979 Book of a Musical Hugh Wheeler Winner
1979 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Franne Lee Winner
1979 Direction of a Musical Harold Prince Winner
1979 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Ken Billington Nominee
1979 Musical   Winner
1979 Original Score Stephen Sondheim Winner
1979 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Eugene Lee Winner
 
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