Wednesday, March 1, 2017

3/1/1979 Barber and Butcher and Broadway

March 1, 1979.  On this date Broadway saw Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a musical thriller created by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler.  The story originated in Victorian times and had gone through many variations.  Todd is a barber who kills and robs his customers, after which his partner Mrs. Lovett disposes the evidence by turning them into meat pies.  You don't have to be a psychologist to see this as based in fear of barbers with straight razors and sellers of dubious cuisine.

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