BroadwayRadio Special – Sondheim on the Sweeney Todd Movie


In 2009, Michael Portantiere sent Stephen Sondheim questions for a book Michael was writing as part of a series of books being published by Hal Leonard Publishing. Michael was covering the topic of the 2007 movie of Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Alan Rickman. Mr. Sondheim answered Michael’s questions by recording himself on a cassette tape, and sent the tape to Michael. The publishing company decided to kill the line of books, hence these answers were never published. On a special episode of BroadwayRadio Interviews, we listen to the answers and discuss them.


Michael Portantiere | [email protected] | Facebook
MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is the founder and editor of He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at

Forrest Hutchinson | Settling Scores: The Musical Theatre Podcast
FORREST HUTCHINSON is a theater critic and community theater organizer based in Nashville, TN. He is the host of the podcast “Settling Scores: The Musical Theatre Podcast,” and is an avid collector of cast recordings and theatre memorabilia.

James Marino | [email protected] | Twitter | Facebook

Panel discussion recorded April 27, 2024


Sweeney Todd Soundtrack- 01 Opening Title
Sweeney Todd Soundtrack- 13 Pretty Women
Sweeney Todd Soundtrack- 20 Final Scene

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