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1st Edition

Sondheim and Wheeler's Sweeney Todd

ISBN 9781138678866
Published April 4, 2018 by Routledge
90 Pages

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Book Description

Sweeney Todd, the gruesome tale of a murderous barber and his pastry chef accomplice, is unquestionably strange subject matter for the musical theatre – but eight Tony awards and enormous successes on Broadway and the West End testify to its enduring popularity with audiences. Written by Hugh Wheeler, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the musical premiered in 1979 and has seen numerous revivals, including Tim Burton's 2007 film version.

Aaron C. Thomas addresses this darkly funny piece with fitting humour, taking on Sweeney Todd’s chequered history and genre, its treatment of violence and cannibalism, and its sexual politics.

Table of Contents


Note on the text

Chapter 1. The Throat That Gleams

Chapter 2. The Throat That Sings

Chapter 3. The Throat That Bleeds

Chapter 4. The Throat That Swallows


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Aaron C. Thomas is Assistant Professor of Theatre History and Literature at the School of Performing Arts, University of Central Florida, USA