A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
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.