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Ethan Mordden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199394814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.001.0001

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Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

(p.103) Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
On Sondheim

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers Sweeney Todd which is an operatic serial-killer melodrama based on Christopher Bond's eponymous play. Sondheim, however, does not use the term opera for his works, billing Sweeney Todd as a musical thriller characterized with a series of numbers separated by underscored dialogue.

Keywords:   Sweeney Todd, Christopher Bond, opera, musical thriller, dialogue

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