See Tony Award winners Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster star in the two-time Tony-winning Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Get Sweeney Todd tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
The Sweeney Todd musical is a tale of malice, murder, and meat pies. The title character, a barber from London, has returned to the city after being wrongly imprisoned by a merciless judge many years before. He's determined to reunite with his family, but equally importantly, get revenge, and uses his old profession to do it. After all, his razors can cut not just hair, but also throats. Todd finds an unlikely accomplice in a meat pie shop owner named Mrs. Lovett, who, unbeknownst to her customers, disposes of Todd's victims by serving them up as dinner. Todd initially plans to only target the judge and his servant, but his and Mrs. Lovett's scheme quickly spirals out of control.
The 2023 revival is the first to feature Jonathan Tunick's original orchestrations, written for a 26-piece band, since the premiere of Sweeney Todd on Broadway in 1979. Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury made the roles of Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett iconic with their performances in that production.
Both won Tony Awards for their portrayals, and Sweeney Todd won six additional Tonys, including Best Musical. Sondheim won for Best Original Score, Hugh Wheeler won for Best Book of a Musical, and legendary Broadway multihyphenate Harold Prince won for Best Direction of a Musical.
Sweeney Todd has been revived on Broadway twice before: in 1989 with Bob Gunton and Beth Fowler, and in 2005 with Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone. All four actors received Tony Award nominations for their performances. The show has also played four times in London; its 1980 premiere won the Best New Musical Olivier Award, and two of its revivals won Best Musical Revival. The 2023 production is also nominated for Best Musical Revival.
The musical was last revived off Broadway in 2017. That production was immersive: The Barrow Street Theatre was converted into Harrington's Pie & Mash Shop, the action took place all around the audience members, and a resident pie maker cooked and served traditional pie and mash before each performance.
Thomas Kail, a Tony Award winner for Hamilton, directs Sweeney Todd. He reunites with fellow Tony-winning Hamilton collaborator Alex Lacamoire, who serves as music supervisor.
Stephen Sondheim wrote the songs for Sweeney Todd, and Hugh Wheeler wrote the book. The pair also collaborated on A Little Night Music.
The Sweeney Todd musical is also based on a play written by Christopher Bond, which is in turn based on the character from The String of Pearls, an 1846 Victorian story whose author is unknown.
Sweeney Todd features well-known Sondheim songs like "A Little Priest," "Johanna," and "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd." Here are some of the most famous songs in the Sweeney Todd musical — read our full guide to all the Sweeney Todd songs.
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd on Broadway. Sweeney Todd Broadway tickets are available now.
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2h 45m (incl. intermission)
February 26th, 2023
Recommended for ages 12+. Guests under 5 are not permitted in the theatre.
4K+ reviews on Show-Score
By: Hugh Wheeler
Songs by: Stephen Sondheim
Director: Thomas Kail
Choreography: Steven Hoggett
Cast list: Aaron Tveit (as Sweeney Todd), Sutton Foster (as Mrs. Lovett), Ruthie Ann Miles (as Beggar Woman), Joe Locke (as Tobias Ragg), Daniel Yearwood (as Anthony), Maria Bilbao (as Johanna), Jamie Jackson (as Judge Turpin), John Rapson (as Beadle Bamford), Nicholas Christopher (as Pirelli/Standby for Sweeney Todd), Jeanna de Waal (Standby for Mrs. Lovett/Beggar Woman)
Design: Mimi Lien
Costumes: Emilio Sosa
Lighting: Natasha Katz
Sound: Nevin Steinberg
Other info: Music supervision by Alex Lacaimore, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
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Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster star in the latest revival of this wickedly wonderful Sondheim classic, complete with a 26-piece orchestra. Witness the return of the vengeful Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This bloody, worldwide success has slayed audiences and critics alike with eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Get tickets and attend the tale.
Sweeney Todd on Broadway is playing at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The theatre is located in New York, NY, USA, 10036.
The running time of Sweeney Todd on Broadway is 2h 45m (incl. intermission).
The recommended age for Sweeney Todd on Broadway is Recommended for ages 12+. Guests under 5 are not permitted in the theatre..
Book tickets for Sweeney Todd on Broadway on New York Theatre Guide.
Tickets for Sweeney Todd on Broadway start at $64.
Sweeney Todd is written by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and Hugh Wheeler (book). They respectively won the 1979 Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.
The Sweeney Todd songs include "A Little Priest," "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," "Johanna," "Epiphany," and "The Worst Pies in London." The musical is almost entirely sung-through. Learn more about all the Sweeney Todd songs.
Sweeney Todd is recommended for ages 12 and older. The show contains depictions of violence and some gore, as well as strong language. Please note that children 4 and younger are not permitted in Broadway theatres.
Yes, Josh Groban made his Broadway debut in 2016's Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. Learn more about all of Groban's theatre credits.
Thomas Kail directs Sweeney Todd. He is best known for his Tony Award-winning direction of Hamilton on Broadway.
Sweeney Todd is a Stephen Sondheim classic and among the best-reviewed shows on New York Theatre Guide. Our four-star review reads, "Stephen Sondheim’s sublime score sounds deliciously lush as played by the 26-piece orchestra, the singing is uniformly excellent, and Hugh Wheeler’s morbidly gripping story unfolds in crisp fashion."