"Because the lives of the wicked should be made brief For the rest of us death would be relief": First Edition of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Inscribed by Stephen Sondheim

  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

$500.00

Item Number: 12009

New York: Random House, 1979.

First edition of this Tony Award for Best Musical. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Stephen Sondheim on the half-title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light wear to the crown. Jacket art by Frank Verlizzo.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1979 musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical is based on the 1973 play Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Christopher Bond. Set in 19th century England, the musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years' transportation on trumped-up charges, to take revenge on the judge who banished him. It was made into the 2007 musical horror film directed by Tim Burton starring Johnny Depp.

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