Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

New York: The Barber Company / Barr/Woodward Productions, Circa 1980-1982. Draft script for the 1979 Broadway musical. Copy belonging to actor James Edward Justiss, with his name in holograph ink on the title page, detailed holograph notations throughout, mostly with regard to blocking, and with a photo of Justiss laid in.

Justiss was a member of the chorus during the 1980 and 1982 national touring productions, as well as the television film of the 1980 production, originally broadcast September 12, 1982 on The Entertainment Channel (a predecessor of A&E), and later on Showtime and PBS, and winner of two Emmy awards. The script is undated, and it is unclear which tour's staging Justiss's notations reference.

The well-known tale of a London barber who slashes the throats of his enemies, hiding their remains (and profiting off the act) in meat pies. Based on the 1973 play by Christopher Bond, which in turn was based on the Victorian melodrama of the same name.

Brown titled Studio Duplicating Service wrappers. Title page present, noted as copy No. 16, with credits for composer Stephen Sondheim and novelist Hugh Wheeler. 131 leaves, with last page of text numbered 2-57. Mimeograph. Pages Fine, wrapper Near Fine bound with two gold brads.

[Book #142501]

Price: $750.00