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Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls

An Audio Melodrama In Three Despicable Acts

by Yuri Rasovsky Author · Yuri Rasovsky Director

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The insidious Fleet Street barber slit his first throat in an 1846 "penny dreadful," one of those gaudy serialized novels that gleefully offered thrills and gore to sensation-hungry Victorians. Titled The String of Pearls, it told of Sweeney Todd, whose shop stood next to St. Dunstan's Church, just a few blocks from the Royal Courts of Justice. On this site, he robbed and murdered hundreds of customers. To dispose of their remains, he carried them to an underground bakery of one Mrs. Lovett, whose pie shop was a few blocks away. She ground the cadavers into stuffing for her meat pies, the favorite midday repast of the lawyers who worked nearby and who got their shaves from Sweeney Todd. The man you lunched with yesterday could be your lunch today!

Before the serial's final chapters even hit the stands, the first stage version, pirated from the already published installments, was packing them in at a London theater. Since then there have been numerous stage, literary, and screen versions of the story, most notably the hit Sondheim musical. Blackstone Audio has commissioned this, the first audio version of the tale, from the Audie® award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear (The Sherlock Holmes Theatre, The Oresteia). With tongue in cheek, writer/producer/director Yuri Rasovsky has gone all the way back to the original penny dreadful to imbue an old string of pearls with new luster—and fresh blood.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Blackstone Publishing
Imprint:
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2006

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 64.2 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 64.1 MB

Steven Ovitsky (Composer)

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Yuri Rasovsky (Author)

Yuri Rasovsky (1944-2012) was the leading writer, producer, and director of audio drama in the United States. Also a distinguished actor, narrator, and critic, his numerous honors include two Peabody Awards, eight Audie Awards, and a Grammy.

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Yuri Rasovsky (Director)

Yuri Rasovsky (1944-2012) was the leading writer, producer, and director of audio drama in the United States. Also a distinguished actor, narrator, and critic, his numerous honors include two Peabody Awards, eight Audie Awards, and a Grammy.

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Yuri Rasovsky (Producer)

Yuri Rasovsky (1944-2012) was the leading writer, producer, and director of audio drama in the United States. Also a distinguished actor, narrator, and critic, his numerous honors include two Peabody Awards, eight Audie Awards, and a Grammy.

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Creators

Narrator :
Simon Templeman
Narrator :
Phil Proctor
Narrator :
Martin Jarvis
Other :
John Roberts
Narrator :
Rosalind Ayres
Composer :
Steven Ovitsky
Narrator :
Robertson Dean
Narrator :
W. Morgan Sheppard
Producer :
John Baker
Narrator :
A Full Cast
Author :
Yuri Rasovsky
Director :
Yuri Rasovsky
Producer :
Yuri Rasovsky
Narrator :
Moira Quirk
Other :
Tony Barrand
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