This special School Edition has been masterfully adapted, working directly with Mr. Sondheim,
to retain the dark wit and grand scope of the original work, with a few
lyric and key changes to facilitate high school productions.
The rare instance of a musical thriller, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler?s
chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous
barber-ism and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the unjustly
exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge
against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife.
His thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers,
and the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs soon has
the people of London lining up in droves with her mysterious new meat
Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, SWEENEY TODD SCHOOL EDITION mixes intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humor. Audiences find themselves laughing hysterically one moment and gasping in surprise the next.
At the show?s core is a challenging score of epic proportion with two tasty tour de force roles in Sweeney and his comic female accomplice Mrs. Lovett. SWEENEY TODD SCHOOL EDITION is sure to be the highlight of any high school's season.