The acclaimed concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd hits video and DVD stores on May 14.
Taped live at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Orchestra, "Sweeney Todd in Concert" boasts a cast that includes Tony winners George Hearn and Patti LuPone. Hearn stars in the title role as the knife-wielding barber who returns to London to avenge the death of his wife, and LuPone portrays the scheming pie-shop owner Mrs. Lovett, who aids Sweeney in his quest for vengeance while making meat pies out of Sweeney's victims.
Joining Hearn and LuPone in the star-studded cast are former Phantom actor Davis Gaines as Anthony, Lisa Vroman as Johanna, Victoria Clark as the Beggar Woman, Neil Patrick Harris as Tobias with John Aler, Stanford Olsen and Timothy Nolen. Sondheim's classic score contains such tunes as "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," "The Worst Pies in London," "Johanna," "Pretty Women," "A Little Priest," "By the Sea" and "Not While I'm Around." Sweeney Todd also features a book by Hugh Wheeler.
The concert version of Sweeney Todd began life during a sold-out weekend engagement at Lincoln Center. Those performances were recorded live and released on CD on the New York Philharmonic Special Editions label. San Francisco marked the concert's next engagement, and a mounting at Chicago's Ravinia Festival followed.
Directed by Lonny Price, the DVD and the video of the concert will be available from Image Entertainment, Inc. The 132-minute DVD, which includes a "Making Of" feature and a Filmography, is priced at $24.99. The video, also at a length of 132 minutes, costs $19.98. Both will be available in stores and on-line at www.image-entertainment.com. —By Andrew Gans