The Beggar's Opera Revival 1973

Opened: December 23, 1973
Closing: unknown

The Beggar's Opera - 1973 - Broadway History , Info & More

Billy Rose Theatre
208 W. 41st St. New York, NY 10036

At its London premiere in 1728, John Gay's rollicking Beggar's Opera caused a sensation. Lampooning the politics and public morality of the day, it became an instant hit.

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Wiltshire Creative Reveals Spring 2024 Programme Featuring New Plays by Chris Chibnall and Sir Alan Ayckbourn
by Stephi Wild - Nov 3, 2023

Wiltshire Creative has announced their Spring 2024 programme. Building on their recent in-house productions at Salisbury Playhouse, which include The Girl on the Train and Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, Wiltshire Creative's programme for next spring includes three new in-house productions.  

SWEENEY TODD, A History- Part 2: The Demon Barber Slashes His Way From Page To Stage And Beyond
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 26, 2023

Learn how Sondheim made Sweeney sing and how Mr. Todd made his mark on mass media in Part 2 of SWEENEY TODD, A History.

Trinity Rep Presents SWEENEY TODD
by Stephi Wild - Apr 27, 2023

Trinity Repertory Company concludes its 2022-23 Season with the award-winning musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. Directed by Curt Columbus, Sweeney Todd runs at Trinity Rep in the Dowling Theater from May 25 through June 25, 2023.

WEST SIDE STORY and THE THREEPENNY OPERA Announced Among the Attractions of Theatro Sao Pedro's 2022 Season
by Claudio Erlichman - Dec 22, 2021

Theatro Sao Pedro announces its 2022 season. The lyrical series will include eleven titles: La Serva Padrona; Livietta and Tracollo; The Capulets and the Montechios, by Bellini; West Side Story; Lecture on Waterbirds; Threepenny Opera, by Weill; Ariadne in Naxos, by Strauss; Viva La Mamma, by Donizetti and El Barberillo de Lavapies, among others.

Meet the Cast and Creative Team of MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON - Now in Previews on Broadway!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 4, 2020

My name is Lucy Barton is officially in previews on Broadway! Four-time Emmy winner, two-time Golden Globe winner, three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney returns to Broadway in a haunting new solo play adapted by Rona Munro from the bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.

Richard Eyre Directs Penelope Wilton In Revival Of David Hare's THE BAY AT NICE
by Stephi Wild - Jan 21, 2019

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces a major revival of David Hare's The Bay at Nice. Richard Eyre directs Martin Hutson, Ophelia Lovibond, David Rintoul and Penelope Wilton. The production opens on 19 March, with previews from 14 March, and runs until 4 May. Tickets go on sale to supporters of the Menier on 21 January, with public booking opening at 9am on 28 January.

BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD, Sondheim at His Most Complicated, Comes to Blank Canvas
by Roy Berko - Feb 28, 2018

Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the music and lyrics for 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,' which is now in production at Blank Canvas, is noted as a brilliant lyricist. Interestingly, that is not the way he sees himself. He is well-trained as a musical composer, having, from a young age, been the prodigy of Oscar Hammerstein II. Yes, the composer of such mega hits as 'Oklahoma,' 'South Pacific' and 'Sound of Music.'

SWEENEY TODD Opens 7/14 at Palm Beach Dramaworks
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

There's a new tonsorial parlor setting up shop at Palm Beach Dramaworks this summer, and the proprietor possesses skills that can best be described as cutthroat. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the brilliant Tony Award-winning musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and Hugh Wheeler (book), opens at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre on July 14, following a specially priced preview on July 13. This deliciously macabre and witty tale of a throat-slitting barber and his enterprising accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, who grinds his victims into meat pies, runs through August 6. Clive Cholerton directs and Emmanuel Schvartzman, making his PBD debut, is the musical director.

SWEENEY TODD Opens 7/14 at Palm Beach Dramaworks
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 19, 2017

There's a new tonsorial parlor setting up shop at Palm Beach Dramaworks this summer, and the proprietor possesses skills that can best be described as cutthroat. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the brilliant Tony Award-winning musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and Hugh Wheeler (book), opens at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre on July 14, following a specially priced preview on July 13. This deliciously macabre and witty tale of a throat-slitting barber and his enterprising accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, who grinds his victims into meat pies, runs through August 6. Clive Cholerton directs and Emmanuel Schvartzman, making his PBD debut, is the musical director.

BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD at Olney Theatre Center - It's Just Plain Delicious!
by Charles Shubow - Feb 10, 2017

Stephen Sondheim musical is given an exceptional production with a superb cast.

BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET at Austin Theatre Project
by Frank Benge - Oct 17, 2016

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET is the 1979 Tony Award winning Best Musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler which is based on Christopher Bond's 1973 play of the same name. It has enjoyed several revivals and has been presented by multiple opera companies. Set in 19th century England, the show details barber Sweeney Todd's (Joe Penrod) return to London after 15 years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him. He conspires with a local baker, Mrs. Lovett (Cathie Sheridan), who has a struggling pie shop below the space that becomes Todd's tonsorial parlor. The character originated in serialized Victorian popular fiction, known as 'penny dreadfuls'

The Vancouver Opera Concludes 2014-15 Season with SWEENEY TODD, Now thru 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2015

Revenge will be delicious in the final production of Vancouver Opera's 2014-2015 season: Stephen Sondheim's brilliantly thrilling Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, onstage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for 6 performances tonight, April 25 - May 3, 2015.

The Vancouver Opera Presents SWEENEY TODD, 4/25-5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

A massive 12,000-pound moving steel platform – and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra – will dominate the Queen Elizabeth theatre stage for VO's innovative new production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, opening April 25, 2015 for only 6 performances through May 3.

The Vancouver Opera Concludes Its 2014-2015 Season with SWEENEY TODD, 4/25-5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

Revenge will be delicious in the final production of Vancouver Opera's 2014-2015 season: Stephen Sondheim's brilliantly thrilling Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, onstage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for 6 performances April 25 - May 3, 2015.

Houston Grand Opera Names Finalists for 2015 Concert of Arias
by Matt Smith - Feb 4, 2015

Houston, TX - February 4, 2015: Houston Grand Opera announced today the finalists for the annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias, to be presented in the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Theater Center on Thursday, February 5, at 7 p.m. This year's finalists are:

The Houston Grand Opera Announces 60th Anniversary Season, Featuring World Premiere of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Iain Bell and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Houston Grand Opera's 2014–15 season, the company's 60th anniversary season, includes the world premiere of A Christmas Carol by Iain Bell—the company's 55th new commission —from award-winning Dickens authority Simon Callow; the continuation of HGO's first Ring cycle, with the American premiere of La Fura dels Baus's groundbreaking take on Die Walküre; the American premieres of Sir Nicholas Hytner's The Magic Flute and Lee Blakeley's Sweeney Todd; a 60th Anniversary Gala Concert featuring mezzo-soprano (and HGO Studio alumna) Joyce DiDonato; and a host of career-shaping role debuts that speak to Patrick Summers's gift for casting. Together with the company's first presentation of John Cox'sOtello, and the returns of Göran Järvefelt's beloved Così fan tutte and Michael Grandage's hit staging of Madame Butterfly, these rich offerings serve once again to illustrate some of the ways that HGO—still the only opera company with two Grammys, two Emmys, and a Tony—epitomizes “one model of what a forward-looking opera company could be” (Greg Sandow, Arts Journal).

The Houston Grand Opera Closes Its 2013-2014 Season with THE PASSENGER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Houston Grand Opera capped a financially and artistically successful 2013–14 season by presenting Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger —the Polish-Jewish composer's long-suppressed Holocaust opera—to wide acclaim at New York's Park Avenue Armory as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, July 10–13. Earlier this year, HGO gave the American premiere of the work in Houston with the same cast. There was special praise for the production and performances, conducted by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. New York magazine described David Pountney's staging as “a multi-story set so vivid you can practically smell the machine oil and coal smoke,” while the Financial Times said: “The production, imported from Houston, is imposing in every way.” The New York Times called the cast “flawless,” adding: “The conductor, Patrick Summers, drew a surging, textured, richly detailed performance of this challenging score (lasting three hours) from the inspired musicians of the Houston Grand Opera.” WQXR's Operavore summed up the import of the performances: “The Passenger shows how a Holocaust opera can hold the stage while examining important, complex issues—and could certainly point the way for future composers to deal with such important but delicate subject matter.”

BWW Reviews: Impressive SWEENEY TODD Slashes its Way Into the Emotions at Great Lakes Theater
by Roy Berko - Oct 7, 2013

The recent release of a list of the 100 greatest musicals of all times has brought about much controversy in the theatre community. Though there has been conflict created by the plays on the list, there was no controversy over who was the best composer. Stephen Sondheim was the only writer/lyricist/composer who had five selections in the top sixteen. GYPSY placed number one, SWEENEY TODD 3rd, WEST SIDE STORY 8th, COMPANY 15th and SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE was 16th.

Exclusive: Full Cast Revealed for SPAMALOT at the Muny; Ragusa, Cahoon, Scherer, Hibbard & More Join - Plus the Voice of Bob Costas!
by Robert Diamond - May 3, 2013

As previously announced, John O'Hurley will star as King Arthur. Also starring will be Michelle Ragusa as The Lady of the Lake, Kevin Cahoon as Historian, John Scherer as Sir Robin, David Hibbard as Patsy, Chris Hoch as Sir Lancelot, Ben Davis as Sir Dennis Galahad, and Tally Sessions as Dennis' Mother/Sir Bedevere. Joining them will be broadcast legend Bob Costas as The Voice of God.

Tony Winner Tonya Pinkins Stars in 'ETHEL WATERS' at Luna Stage, Now thru 9/2
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2012

Award-winning producers Michael & Barbara Ross will present Tony Award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins in Larry Parr's ETHEL WATERS: HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW at Luna Stage in West Orange, New Jersey, for a limited run, tonight, August 16 - September 2, 2012. The production will be directed by award-winning director Dennis Courtney, with musical direction by Barry Levitt.

Tony Winner Tonya Pinkins Stars in 'ETHEL WATERS' at Luna Stage, 8/16-9/2
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2012

Award-winning producers Michael & Barbara Ross will present Tony Award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins in Larry Parr's ETHEL WATERS: HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW at Luna Stage in West Orange, New Jersey, for a limited run, August 16 - September 2, 2012. The production will be directed by award-winning director Dennis Courtney, with musical direction by Barry Levitt.

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Gregg Edelman, Liz McCartney in Drury Lane Theatre's SWEENEY TOOD
by Nicole Rosky - Aug 19, 2011

Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, presents Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning masterpiece SWEENEY TODD, which opened August 17 and runs through October 9. This razor-sharp tale of murder and corruption is Directed and Choreographed by multi-Jeff Award winner Rachel Rockwell (Ragtime and Miss Saigon at Drury Lane Theatre), who was named 'Best Director' by Chicago Magazine in 2010. SWEENEY TODD stars four-time Tony Award nominee Gregg Edelman as 'Sweeney Todd' (nominated as Best Actor in a Musical for City of Angels, Anna Karenina, 1776, and Into the Woods; other Broadway credits include Evita, Cabaret, and Les Miserables and the films Little Children and Spider-Man 2). Bistro Award winner and NYMF Award recipient Liz McCartney stars as 'Mrs. Lovett' (The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Les Miserables on Broadway). In the video below, theater critic Chris Jonesreviews the show. Click below to here what he has to say!

Drury Lane Theatre's SWEENEY TODD Begins Previews Tomorrow
by Gabrielle Sierra - Aug 10, 2011

Drury Lane Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning masterpiece SWEENEY TODD, previewing August 11, opening August 17 at 7 p.m. and running through October 9 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane.

Cavenaugh, O'Hare, et al. Set for GIGI at Reprise Theatre Company, 2/15-27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2011

William Atherton, Matt Cavenaugh, Lisa O'Hare, Carol Lawrence, Millicent Martin and Jason Graae are the acclaimed film, Broadway and West End stars who will lead the cast of Reprise Theatre Company's second production of the 2010-2011 season, 'Gigi', playing February 15 to February 27, 2011 (press opening February 16, 2011) at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. The musical - with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe -- will be directed by veteran musical theatre director David Lee, with choreography by Peggy Hickey and musical direction by Steve Orich.

Cavenaugh, O'Hare, et al. Set for GIGI at Reprise Theatre Company, 2/15-27
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 17, 2011

William Atherton, Matt Cavenaugh, Lisa O'Hare, Carol Lawrence, Millicent Martin and Jason Graae are the acclaimed film, Broadway and West End stars who will lead the cast of Reprise Theatre Company's second production of the 2010-2011 season, 'Gigi', playing February 15 to February 27, 2011 (press opening February 16, 2011) at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. The musical - with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe -- will be directed by veteran musical theatre director David Lee, with choreography by Peggy Hickey and musical direction by Steve Orich.

The Beggar's Opera FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Through all the Employments of Life
'Tis Woman that Seduces all Mankind
If any Wench Venus's Girdle wear
If Love the Virgin's Heart invade
A Maid is like the golden Oar
Virgins Are like the fair Flower in its Lustre
Our Polly is a sad Slut! nor heeds what we have taught her
Can Love be controul’d by Advise?
O Polly, you might have toy'd and kist
I, like a Ship in Storms, was lost
A Fox may steal your Hens, Sir
Oh, ponder well! Be not severe
The Turtle thus with plaintive crying
Pretty Polly, say
My Heart was so free
Were I laid on Greenland's Coast
O what Pain it is to part!
The Miser thus a Shilling sees
Fill ev’ry Glass, for Wine inspires us
Let us take the Road
If the Heart of a Man is deprest with Cares
Youth's the Season made for Joys
Before the Barn-door crowing
The Gamesters and Lawyers are Jugglers alike
At the Tree I shall suffer with pleasure
Man may escape from Rope and Gun
Thus when a good Huswife sees a Rat
How cruel are the Traytors
The first time at the Looking-glass
When you censure the Age
Is then his Fate decreed, Sir?
You'll think e'er many days ensue
If you at an Office solicit your Due
Thus when the Swallow, seeking Prey
How happy could I be with either
I'm bubbled
Cease your Funning
Why how now, Madam Flirt?
No Power on Earth can e'er divide
I like the Fox shall grieve
When Young at the Bar you first taught me to score
My Love is all Madness and Folly
Thus Gamesters United in Friendship are found
The Modes of the Court so common are grown
What Gudgeons are we men!
In the Days of my Youth I could bill like a Dove, fa, la, la
I'm like a Skiff on the Ocean tost
When a Wife's in her Pout
A Curse attends that Woman's Love
Among the Men, Coquets we Find
Come, sweet Lass
Hither, dear Husband, turn your Eyes
Which way shall I turn me?
When my Hero in Court appears
When he holds up his Hand arraign’d for his life
Our selves, like the Great, to secure a Retreat
The Charge is prepar’d; The Lawyers are met
O cruel, cruel, cruel Case!
Of all the Friends in time of Grief
Since I must Swing, – I scorn, I scorn to wince or whine
But now again my Spirits sink
But Valour the stronger grows
If thus – A Man can die
So I drink off this Bumper. And now I can stand the Test
But can I leave my pretty Hussies
Their Eyes, their Lips, their Busses
Since Laws were made for ev’ry degree
Would I might be hang'd
Thus I stand like the Turk, with his Doxies around
When Gold Is in Hand
In Pimps and Politicians
In a Humor I Was of Late
Newgate Prison
Prisoner's Song
Macheath's Hanging
The Beggar's Opera has had 9 productions including West End which opened in 1920, Broadway which opened in 1920, Broadway which opened in 1928, Broadway which opened in 1928, Off-Off-Broadway which opened in 1964, West End which opened in 1968, Broadway which opened in 1973, Broadway which opened in 1973 and London Fringe which opened in 1992.
The Beggar's Opera has been nominated for the Scenic Design category at The Hewes Awards for Robert U. Taylor.
The Beggar's Opera has won the Scenic Design award at The Hewes Awards for Robert U. Taylor.

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