Anitra Smith (anitra) wrote,
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Sweeney Todd - "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

So I was actually doing some research for my Suff paper (fancy that - I haven't even started writing it yet..) I looked up information for the setting of one song I'm singing, "Green Finch and Linnet Bird" - from Sweeney Todd, by Steven Sondheim.

Well, I knew nothing about the storyline before this. I knew that Green Finch is sung by a girl who has been pretty confined her whole life. That's true, but she is the "kidnapped" daughter of the main character, Sweeney Todd, and adopted by the same corrupt judge that had sent Sweeney away. However, all of that seems to be pretty irrelevant to the story. The main story is that Sweeney is a barber, out for revenge on this judge. He kills the judge (and others) in his barber chair, and then disposes of the bodies in his neighbor's meat pies (with her permission, of course). Eeew! How could anyone write a freaking musical this gruesome?
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