Monday, October 17, 2011

Dark Monday • Pretty Women

Sweeney Todd movie
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Stephen Sondheim's brilliant and amazing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street has long been a personal favorite of mine. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I saw the original production in previews a very long time ago. Under the direction of Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd's tale of love, jealousy and revenge is most certainly front and center. Johnny Depp's Sweeney has a demonic edge, and Alan Rickman's Judge Turpin is deliciously sinister, as can be seen in this clip, with the dark souls singing Pretty Women.

What was all the commotion about? Well, a pretty girl, of course. The judge's ward, who also happens to be Sweeney's lost daughter, and, as the fates would have it, has fallen for young and handsome Anthony, a friend of Sweeney.

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Anthony is played by Jamie Campbell Bower, who also plays King Arthur in Camelot on the STARZ network. However, here he is singing the stunning love song Johanna, about a girl he has only seen, and never met.


  1. One of my all time favorite Sodheim shows! I was fortunate enough to see Ms. Landsbury in the original and Patti Lupone in the revival....
    In the film Alan Rickman is soooo perfect.

    I also just read that Starz has not renewed Camelot.. what a shame.

  2. this has to be one of my all time favorite Johnny Depp movies great music score as well

  3. Queer Heaven, I love the show as well. I saw Ms. Landsbury and also Dorothy Loudon in the role. Didn't make it to see Ms. LuPone.

    becca, it is a great musical.



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