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Celebrate More Than 40 Years of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd on Broadway

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Celebrate More Than 40 Years of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd on Broadway

The Tony-winning musical, starring Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou, opened at the Uris Theatre March 1, 1979.

Sweeney Todd, the Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler musical, celebrates its anniversary March 1. The production, directed by Harold Prince, opened on Broadway at the Uris Theatre March 1, 1979. Starring Len Cariou as the title character and Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd tells the story of a barber who was unjustly imprisoned for years by a corrupt judge and returns to England bent on revenge.

The production also featured Victor Garber as Anthony Hope, Ken Jennings as Tobias Ragg, Merle Louise as the Beggar Woman, Edmund Lyndeck as Judge Turpin, Sarah Rice as Johanna, Joaquin Romaguera as Pirelli, and Jack Eric Williams as the Beadle.

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Celebrate More Than 40 Years of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd on Broadway

Celebrate More Than 40 Years of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd on Broadway

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Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou in Sweeney Todd

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Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou in Sweeney Todd

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Cris Groenendaal and Betsy Joslyn in Sweeney Todd

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Ken Jennings and Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd

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George Hearn as Sweeney Todd

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Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd

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Angela Lansbury and cast

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Angela Lansbury

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Angela Lansbury and cast

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Angela Lansbury

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The production received eight Tony Awards in 1979—including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score—as well as 11 Drama Desk Awards and the Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. It went on to be revived twice on Broadway and adapted into a 2007 film.

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