Sweeney Todd
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Characters

Sweeney Todd/Benjamin Barker: Male, Lead, Bass-Baritone, Baritone. Age 35-55
A barber by trade, Benjamin Barker adopts the name of Sweeney Todd and returns to London after fifteen years of unjust exile to seek revenge on those who sent him there.
Vocal Range: F2-Gb4
Audition Song: Epiphany
Sheet Music: Epiphany PDF
YouTube Clip: https://youtu.be/1QmVjj61bp0
Backing Track: https://youtu.be/YUp-ryzvvn8

Nellie Lovett: Female, Lead, Alto. Age 35-55
A cheerful, talkative, but amoral owner of a meat pie shop, Nellie Lovett is Sweeney’s former landlady and is enamoured of him.
Vocal Range: G3-E5
Audition Song: The Worst Pies in London
Sheet Music: The Worst Pies in London PDF
YouTube Clip: https://youtu.be/JJcdYUiY0vw
Backing Track: https://youtu.be/zlc_xUVLsqI

Anthony Hope: Male, Lead, Tenor. Age 18-25
A naïve, young sailor who rescues Sweeney, Anthony Hope falls in love with Johanna Barker.
Vocal Range: Bb2-F4
Audition Song: Johanna
Sheet Music: Johanna PDF
YouTube Clip: https://youtu.be/0JyS3obFlOA
Backing Track: https://youtu.be/y4dYOkIWcn4

Johanna Barker: Female, Lead, Soprano. Age 16-20
Sweeney’s beautiful young daughter, Johanna Barker has been raised by Judge Turpin as her ward.
Vocal Range: Bb3-A5
Audition Song: Green Finch and Linnet Bird
Sheet Music: Green Finch and Linnet Bird PDF
YouTube Clip: https://youtu.be/8X1aF16hR8U
Backing Track: https://youtu.be/j4vZ4ZffmCY

Judge Turpin: Male, Lead, Bass-Baritone. Age 40-60
A Nasty corrupt judge, Turpin became obsessed with Lucy Barker and later with her daughter. Johanna.
Vocal Range: E2-Gb4
Audition Song: Actor’s choice. We ask you to please choose a song sung by a similar type of character, or with a similar voice type.

Tobias Ragg: Male, Supporting, Tenor. Age 10-15
An Orphan who works first for con-man Pirelli and then for Mrs. Lovett, Tobias Ragg does not trust Sweeney.
Vocal Range: Bb2-Ab4
Audition Song: Actor’s choice. We ask you to please choose a song sung by a similar type of character, or with a similar voice type.

Beadle Bamford: Male, Supporting, Tenor. Age 40-60
A weasely, corrupt public official, Beadle Bamford is Judge Turpin’s right-hand man and accomplice.
Vocal Range: D3-D5
Audition Song: Actor’s choice. We ask you to please choose a song sung by a similar type of character, or with a similar voice type.

Jonas Fogg: Male, Supporting, Open range. Age30+
The corrupt head of the local insane asylum, Jonas Fogg is in league with Judge Turpin.
Audition Song: Actor’s choice. We ask you to please choose a song sung by a similar type of character, or with a similar voice type.

Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker: Female, Supporting, Mez soprano. Age 30-50
A mad crone whose interjections go unheeded, she is eventually identified as Benjamin Barker’s wife/Johanna’s mother, Lucy, who was raped by Judge Turpin and made mad from Arsenic
Vocal Range: Ab3-F5
Audition Song: Actor’s choice. We ask you to please choose a song sung by a similar type of character, or with a similar voice type.

Adolfo Pirelli/Daniel O’Higgins: Male, Supporting, Tenor Age 30-45
An Irish charlatan and former employee of Benjamin Barker, he has developed a public persona as a flashy Italian barber.
We are also wanting a large chorus of men and women as well as a number of off stage backing vocalists.
Vocal Range: B2-C5
Audition Song: Actor’s choice. We ask you to please choose a song sung by a similar type of character, or with a similar voice type.

Ensemble (Townspeople, Policemen, Lunatics)
Audition Song: Please prepare and sing a brief Sondheim song or musical theatre song of similar style of your choosing.

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