re: BIG SPOILER. DO NOT READ: Tveit and Foster in SWEENEY TODD today
Posted by: AlanScott 01:20 pm EST 02/12/24
In reply to: re: BIG SPOILER. DO NOT READ: Tveit and Foster in SWEENEY TODD today - EvFoDr 12:54 pm EST 02/12/24

It was written for and performed in the June 1980 London production, but then not used in the U.S. national tour that started three months later.

According to Sondheim, with or without the "Lullaby," some audience members caught on quite early, some caught on while the Beggar Woman was in the shop before Sweeney enters and kills her, and some caught on when Sweeney recognizes her.

Sondheim did not want them to catch on early. When he saw the Bond play, he didn't realize her identity until Sweeney did. As the original run went on, it was clear that there was no unanimity of response to the moment of recognition. He wrote the "Lullaby" to help so that everyone would realize it then, but adding it made no difference. Some got it early on, some got it when she was in the shop, and some got it when Sweeney screamed "Oh, no!"
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