Attend the film of 'Sweeney Todd'...

Its lead is Depp, its director odd.
Tim Burton will adapt the play
So recently snubbed at the Tonys.

A movie
Of ‘Sweeney Todd’
Will soon be coming to Fleet Street.

But can John-ny sing, people
Or will critics groan?
Can you please
Tell me if he’s
A baritone?

(To the tune of "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd")


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  • Jen

    I am so used to seeing big barrel-chested men play this role…the part is SO LOW. But Johnny Depp can definitely play the creepy dark side of the role. I look forward to seeing it!

  • Laura

    Since the show is almost all singing, Sweeney really does need to have a gorgeously low baritone voice for it to work – like Len Cariou, who originated the role on Broadway. Man, I really hope Johhny CAN sing, because as an actor I know he’ll be awesome, but if he really can’t sing then it will suck. Marlon Brando in “Guys and Dolls”, anyone?

  • Faith

    Ok, I’m one of the insane Depp fans, so any news of a new film makes me happy. However, I’m also a crazed Sweeney Todd fan.
    Do we know if this is actually going to be a filmed version of the Sondheim musical. Seems to me there’s a possibility Burton is planning a movie about Sweeney Todd without music. Anyone?

  • Rob

    Yes, Faith, it’s the Sondheim musical. It was reported in today.

  • Celeste

    Isn’t Depp a little young to play Sweeney? I guess they can age him up a lot, but still. I wonder who else will be cast..

  • sal

    AWESOME!! I read about this yesterday and I am giddy as a schoolgirl. Great musical–check! Great lead actor–check! Appropriately creepy and twisted director–check. And I’m sure he’ll tap Helena Bonham-Carter to be Mrs Lovett. Superb.

  • EP Sato

    A film version of Sweeny Todd’s already been done (sorta). It was at the end of Jersey Girl. Now you all know I actually saw that movie, so please don’t tell anyone…

  • Juba

    I’M SO EXCITED. Apparently Depp and Burton saw the current Revival (which is simply brilliant) and that helped them decide. I think this movie will be a perfect pairing of director and material and I think Depp will pull it off. I look forward to hearing the rest of the cast!

  • BassSinger

    I read about Tim Burton optioning Sweeney Todd in Sondheim’s interview book Minor/Major (I forget the whole title).
    I hope they pull a Catherine Zeta Jones and find those actors will clout who can really sing (dance isn’t required for this musical). I pray they won’t pull a Renee Zellweger!
    From reading About Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I don’t think Johnny D. can sing.
    Props for the rhyming, Yes, I could match it to the original.
    At least with Tim Burton at the helm it won’t suck like Rent!

  • Stephanie

    I saw a bit of the revival on the 60th annual Tony’s and Sweeney looks like Uncle Fester on a rampage. Even my dad was laughing. I think that Burton should go with the new version of Three Penny Opera. The goth twist is fantastic!

  • pfitz

    What fabulous news! And what a great delivery, Scott Brown!

  • brandonk

    If Johnny can’t sing, they can always have someone do it for him and dub it. They used to do that all the time, anyway. I know Sweeney is supposed to be older, but I think that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp will be able to really make something fantastic. However, I do hope it is the musical version. For instance, I saw the Liam Neeson “Les Miserables,” and that was disappointing because it didn’t have the songs I associate with that story.

  • Leslie

    Love Sweeney Todd and love Johnny Depp, but Johnny AS “Sweeney”?? I know his a versatile actor, but I think this one’s a stretch, even if he can sing. What were they thinking? Probably how to get butts in seats which, despite my reservations, will include mine.

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  • Yoeri

    Hey, about all this blabla on johnny’s age : why does sweeney have to be a retired old sod ? JD is 44, which fits perfectly into the story… He had a wife in his younger days – was imprisoned and lost for years and years – and comes back, founding his vengeance… Why wouldn’t this be possible at the age of 44 ???

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