sweeney todd lyrics

These are my friends,
See how they glisten.
See this one shine,
How he smiles in the light,
My friends,
My faithful friends.
Speak to me, friend.
Whisper, I’ll listen.
I know, I know
You’ve been locked out of sight
All these years,
Like me, my friend
Well, I’ve come home
To find you waiting
Home,
And we’re together
And we’ll do wonders
Won’t we…?
—  My Friends, Sweeney Todd
The 50 Most Nominated Shows at the Tony Awards

Because I was very curious (and bored?).

(These take into account every nomination for every production of a particular piece of theatre)

01. Gypsy - 28 nominations, 6 wins (musical)
02. Cabaret - 27 nominations, 12 wins (musical)
03. The King and I - 25 nominations, 14 wins (musical)
04. La Cage aux Folles - 24 nominations, 11 wins (musical)
05. Follies - 24 nominations, 8 wins (musical)
06. South Pacific - 21 nominations, 17 wins (musical)
07. Death of a Salesman - 21 nominations, 13 wins (play)
08. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - 20 nominations, 9 wins (musical) 
08. Pippin - 20 nominations, 9 wins (musical) 
10. Nine - 20 nominations, 7 wins (musical)
11. Into the Woods - 20 nominations, 5 wins (musical)
12. Fiddler on the Roof - 19 nominations, 10 wins (musical)
12. Sweeney Todd - 19 nominations, 10 wins (musical)
14. Guys and Dolls - 19 nominations, 9 wins (musical)
14. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - 19 nominations, 9 wins (play)
16. Anything Goes - 19 nominations, 6 wins (musical)
16. Chicago - 19 nominations, 6 wins (musical)
17. Ragtime - 19 nominations, 4 wins (musical)
18. Sunday in the Park with George - 19 nominations, 2 wins (musical)
19. Candide - 18 nominations, 6 wins (musical)
19. Company - 18 nominations, 6 wins (musical)
19. The Music Man - 18 nominations, 6 wins (musical)
22. Kiss Me, Kate - 17 nominations, 10 wins (musical)
23. 42nd Street - 17 nominations, 4 wins (musical)
24. Long Day’s Journey Into Night - 17 nominations, 5 wins (play)
24. Sweet Charity - 17 nominations, 5 wins (musical)
26. Little Me - 17 nominations, 2 wins (musical)
27. Fences - 16 nominations, 7 wins (play)
27. A Little Night Music - 16 nominations, 7 wins (musical)
29. A Moon for the Misbegotten - 16 nominations, 5 wins (play) 
29. The Mystery of Edwin Drood - 16 nominations, 5 wins (musical) 
31. The Producers - 15 nominations, 12 wins (musical)*
32. Billy Elliot - 15 nominations, 10 wins (musical)*
32. A Chorus Line - 15 nominations, 10 wins (musical)
34. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - 15 nominations, 9 wins (musical)
35. Les Misérables - 15 nominations, 8 wins (musical)
36. West Side Story - 15 nominations, 3 wins (musical)
37. Much Ado About Nothing - 15 nominations, 1 win (play)
38. The Book of Mormon - 14 nominations, 9 wins (musical)* 
39. Evita - 14 nominations, 7 wins (musical)
40. Dreamgirls - 14 nominations, 6 wins (musical) 
41. On the Twentieth Century - 14 nominations, 5 wins (musical)
42. Monty Python’s Spamalot - 14 nominations, 3 wins (musical)*
42. A View from the Bridge - 14 nominations, 3 wins (play)
44. Pacific Overtures - 14 nominations, 2 wins (musical)
44. She Loves Me - 14 nominations, 2 wins (musical) 
46. Hello, Dolly! - 13 nominations, 10 wins (musical)
47. Big River - 13 nominations, 8 wins (musical)
47. Damn Yankees - 13 nominations, 8 wins (musical)
47. Hairspray - 13 nominations, 8 wins (musical)*
50. My Fair Lady - 13 nominations, 7 wins (musical)

Stray observations and statistics:

  • Obviously the vast majority are musicals - 43 musicals to 7 plays. It’s a little unfair, considering musicals actively compete in several more categories than plays do - score, book, choreography, orchestrations. Plays can technically be nominated for score and choreography, as we’ve seen in recent years, but it happens very infrequently. 
  • Because I know we were all wondering, I put an asterisk next to the titles whose nomination/win haul comes only from their original run. Many of these titles got numbers this high after decades of revivals, but there are a couple who scored extremely well on their first go. 
  • Of the musicals on the list, 28 won Best Musical. Of the plays, 4 won Best Play. It’s worth noting that one of the remaining three plays (Much Ado About Nothing) has never been eligible for Best Play. 
  • 5 of the 50 shows are not American: #32, Billy Elliot; #35, Les Misérables; #37, Much Ado About Nothing; #39, Evita; #42, Monty Python’s Spamalot.
  • Stephen Sondheim has his name on 11 of the 50 shows: #1, Gypsy (lyrics); #5, Follies (music and lyrics); #11, Into the Woods (music and lyrics); #12, Sweeney Todd (music and lyrics); #18, Sunday in the Park with George (music and lyrics); #19, Candide (additional lyrics); #19, Company (music and lyrics); #27, A Little Night Music (music and lyrics); #34, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (music and lyrics); #36, West Side Story (lyrics); #44, Pacific Overtures (music and lyrics).
  • Additionally, Cy Coleman has 3 on the list. Kander and Ebb, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Leonard Bernstein, Bock and Harnick, Jerry Herman, and Frank Loesser all have 2.

I’m not sure what possessed me to tabulate all this, but surely someone out there will find this interesting. 

Hamilton’s own winning skit, the aforementioned “Fleet Street Remix” recrafted Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd lyrics to fit the 2015 song “Alexander Hamilton,” with the words “Demon barber Sweeney Todd” replacing the name “Alexander Hamilton.”

Examples: “On Fleet Street, clean sweep, cut ’em all down,” “The world will never be OK,” and ending with “Me, I’m the young Toby that got ’im!”

Renee Elise Goldsberry wore her hair in two clumps at the side of her head to suggest Mrs. Lovett.

The Hamilton Easter bonnet had a hand emerging from the crown holding a razor blade. An AIDS ribbon hung from the blade like dripping blood.