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Sarah Rice: Green Finch and Linnet Bird

Broadway at The Pierre

Sarah Rice is an American theatre actress known for her work in the Stephen Sondheim productions "Sweeney Todd" and "A Little Night Music", the former of which won her a Theatre World Award in 1979.

On June 11, 2018, as part of the "Broadway at The Pierre" cabaret series in association with Broadway Sings for Pride, a concert was held at Two E Bar/Lounge — the sophisticated saloon located inside the New York City luxury hotel, The Pierre. The concert (titled "Encore") featured a performance by Rice, backed by pianist and musical director Charles Santoro. The concert was scheduled on the day after the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, further celebrating the talent and legacy of the Great White Way.

Rice performed the song "Green Finch and Linnet Bird" during the concert, where Shefik served as Videographer. "Green Finch and Linnet Bird" is a song from "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street".

"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (often referred to simply as "Sweeney Todd") is a musical play with music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. It is based on the 1970 play of the same name by Christopher Bond. The character of Sweeney Todd first appeared in a Victorian penny dreadful titled "The String of Pearls" (1846-1847).

"Sweeney Todd" opened on Broadway in 1979 and in the West End in 1980. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Olivier Award for Best New Musical. It has been revived in many productions as well as inspiring a film adaptation.

The original logo for the musical is a modified version of an advertising image from the 19th century, with the sign replaced by a straight razor. There is also a woman wearing a blood-stained dress and holding a rolling pin next to the man.

Set in 1785, the story "The String of Pearls" featured as its principal villain a certain Sweeney Todd and included all the plot elements used in later versions. The murderous barber's story was turned into a play before the ending had even been revealed in print. An expanded edition appeared in 1850, an American version in 1852, a new play in 1865. By the 1870s, Sweeney Todd was a familiar character to most Victorians.


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Last Updated: April 29, 2023

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