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Sweeney Todd (2005 Broadway Cast Recording)

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  • Stephen Sondheim, who turned 90 on March 22, was given a birthday celebration to remember when scores of artists came together, virtually, to perform his songs on Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration last night. The two-plus-hour event, a benefit for ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty), was hosted by Raúl Esparza and includes performances and birthday wishes from Esparza, Mandy Patinkin, Audra McDonald, Meryl Streep, Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Kelli O’Hara, Laura Benanti, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Donna Murphy, Alexander Gemignani, and so many more. You can watch it here.

  • Reasons to celebrate may be hard to come by these days, but the 90th birthday of Stephen Sondheim is certainly one of them. To mark the occasion, we've assembled all of the Sondheim songs and cast albums on Nonesuch recordings in one place, featuring Mandy Patinkin, Audra McDonald, Dawn Upshaw, Jonny Depp, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Michael Cerveris, Raúl Esparza, Laura Benanti, Nathan Lane, Neil Patrick Harris, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Vanessa WIlliams, Alexander Gemignani, and more. "When his words go through my system," Patinkin tells the Guardian, "they rejuvenate my mind and soul to a point of reminding me what it is I am trying to be alive for."

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    Nonesuch released the cast album from the current critically acclaimed Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, in January 2006. Originally produced in 1979, Sweeney Todd had not been seen on Broadway in more than 16 years. Tony Award winners Patti LuPone (Evita) and Michael Cerveris (Assassins) lead the ten-person cast as Mrs. Lovett / Tuba, Percussion and Sweeney Todd / Guitar. The record was produced by Tommy Krasker.

    Directed and designed by John Doyle, with music supervision and orchestrations by Sarah Travis, Sweeney Todd received numerous accolades since its  opening at the Eugene O’Neill Theater in October 2005. The New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini says, “Whatever Ms. Travis’s scoring loses in strength it gains in subtlety. Mr. Sondheim’s curious contrapuntal inner voices come through vividly, which brings out the music’s transfixing strangeness. Also, because the balances favor the singers, Mr. Sondheim’s ingenious lyrics leap off the stage at you. Though I will never tire of hearing [Jonathan] Tunick’s remarkable orchestration on the original cast album, I find Ms. Travis’s work revelatory.”

    Rounding out the cast—which is entirely composed of musician/actors, who also act as the orchestra—are: John Arbo (Jonas Fogg / Bass), Donna Lynne Champlin (Pirelli / Accordion, Piano, Flute), Diana DiMarzio (Beggar Woman / Clarinet), Manoel Felciano (Tobias / Violin, Clarinet, Piano), Alexander Gemignani (The Beadle / Piano, Trumpet), Mark Jacoby (Judge Turpin / Trumpet, Percussion), Benjamin Magnuson (Anthony / Cello, Piano), and Lauren Molina (Johanna / Cello). The Sweeney Todd book was written by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond.

    Sweeney Todd is based on the 19th-century legend of a London barber, who is driven to crime when a malevolent judge takes his wife and child from him. His plan for revenge includes a cutthroat partnership with Mrs. Lovett, an enterprising businesswomen, who is soon producing the tastiest meat pies in London.

    Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s previous Nonesuch recordings include Into the Woods (2002), The Frogs / Evening Primrose (2001), Saturday Night (2000), and Bounce (2004).

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Patti LuPone, tuba, percussion
    Michael Cerveris, guitar
    Mark Jacoby, trumpet, percussion
    Donna Lynne Champlin, accordion, piano, flute
    Manoel Felciano, violin, clarinet, piano
    Alexander Gemignani, piano, trumpet
    John Arbo, bass
    Diana DiMarzio, clarinet
    Benjamin Magnuson, cello, piano
    Lauren Molina, cello

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Tommy Krasker
    Recorded November 14-15, 2005, at Avatar Studios, NY, NY
    Engineered by Tom Lazarus
    Assistant Engineers:  Peter Doris, Chad Lupo
    Edited by Bart Migal at Classic Sound, NY, NY
    Mixed by Tom Lazarus at Classic Sound
    Mastered by Joe Lambert at TruTone Mastering, NY, NY

    Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

    Design by Think Studio

    Recording executive producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 05:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Tony winners Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris star in this daring 2005 Broadway revival, with ten actor-musicians serving as onstage orchestra. Director John Doyle, says the New York Times, “grasps the wondrous multifacetedness of Mr. Sondheim's most ravishing score.”

Description: 

Nonesuch released the cast album from the current critically acclaimed Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, in January 2006. Originally produced in 1979, Sweeney Todd had not been seen on Broadway in more than 16 years. Tony Award winners Patti LuPone (Evita) and Michael Cerveris (Assassins) lead the ten-person cast as Mrs. Lovett / Tuba, Percussion and Sweeney Todd / Guitar. The record was produced by Tommy Krasker.

Directed and designed by John Doyle, with music supervision and orchestrations by Sarah Travis, Sweeney Todd received numerous accolades since its  opening at the Eugene O’Neill Theater in October 2005. The New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini says, “Whatever Ms. Travis’s scoring loses in strength it gains in subtlety. Mr. Sondheim’s curious contrapuntal inner voices come through vividly, which brings out the music’s transfixing strangeness. Also, because the balances favor the singers, Mr. Sondheim’s ingenious lyrics leap off the stage at you. Though I will never tire of hearing [Jonathan] Tunick’s remarkable orchestration on the original cast album, I find Ms. Travis’s work revelatory.”

Rounding out the cast—which is entirely composed of musician/actors, who also act as the orchestra—are: John Arbo (Jonas Fogg / Bass), Donna Lynne Champlin (Pirelli / Accordion, Piano, Flute), Diana DiMarzio (Beggar Woman / Clarinet), Manoel Felciano (Tobias / Violin, Clarinet, Piano), Alexander Gemignani (The Beadle / Piano, Trumpet), Mark Jacoby (Judge Turpin / Trumpet, Percussion), Benjamin Magnuson (Anthony / Cello, Piano), and Lauren Molina (Johanna / Cello). The Sweeney Todd book was written by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond.

Sweeney Todd is based on the 19th-century legend of a London barber, who is driven to crime when a malevolent judge takes his wife and child from him. His plan for revenge includes a cutthroat partnership with Mrs. Lovett, an enterprising businesswomen, who is soon producing the tastiest meat pies in London.

Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s previous Nonesuch recordings include Into the Woods (2002), The Frogs / Evening Primrose (2001), Saturday Night (2000), and Bounce (2004).

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Tommy Krasker
Recorded November 14-15, 2005, at Avatar Studios, NY, NY
Engineered by Tom Lazarus
Assistant Engineers:  Peter Doris, Chad Lupo
Edited by Bart Migal at Classic Sound, NY, NY
Mixed by Tom Lazarus at Classic Sound
Mastered by Joe Lambert at TruTone Mastering, NY, NY

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Design by Think Studio

Recording executive producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79946

Number of Discs in Set: 
2discs
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MUSICIANS
Patti LuPone, tuba, percussion
Michael Cerveris, guitar
Mark Jacoby, trumpet, percussion
Donna Lynne Champlin, accordion, piano, flute
Manoel Felciano, violin, clarinet, piano
Alexander Gemignani, piano, trumpet
John Arbo, bass
Diana DiMarzio, clarinet
Benjamin Magnuson, cello, piano
Lauren Molina, cello

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