I saw Sweeney Todd (Tim Burtons version) for the first time on Saturday with my friends and it was amazing! Luckily, I never saw the Brodway show so I didnt really know what to expect, which made the end really shocking.
Johnny and Helena were really good, and I love Tims styling.
Anyway, I love this spoof/parody/whatever you call it XD
The lyrics fit very well into the original format of the songs and are really fun to sing. I cant say what my favorite is(they are all so good!) But the one that made me laugh the most had to be Mayfly and Blooming Rose, because I for some reason imagined Voldy in his bald snake form, singing in the movie Joannahs high sweet voice XD
I'd love to send you myself singing one of the songs if I could find a way to make my mike less suckish...
This was absolutely brilliant! You are an amazing writer. I loved it.
Author's Response: Oh wow, thank you! What a lovely compliment!
Gaaah, absolutely fantastic. I dunno why I never saw this before, I was just looking for your "Wicked" spoof when I saw this one. Someone should put this on as a real musical.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm rather proud of this one myself. ^_^
This is so amazing. I am in love with Sweeny Todd and it was so much fun to read. It was so funny.
Author's Response: Thank you! Sweeney Todd is a wonderful musical. And I love your username-- Ron's my favorite character.
That was awesome!
Author's Response: Thank you!
That was hilarious!! Trust Fred at the end to break the third wall and say Immortalized in this spoof through song.
I know think Voldemort must have a very, very good singing voice. Loved the fact Bella IS Helena Bonham Carter so much- and although its a spoof, I thought Snape singing about Lily was quite sad and moving.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I personally like this spoof the best of all of mine. And I had to use Bellatrix for the "By The Sea" song, didn't I? And yeah, Voldemort sings so much in all of my parodies, he MUST have a great voice!
This story is really good and very funny. Your stories are always the first i turn to when i want a laugh. U have real talent and i'm sure you'll go far!
Author's Response: Oh, thank you so much! I really liked writing this one, and getting a review was a pleasant surprise. Interesting you'd pick this one, because I'm seeing Sweeney Todd this weekend and I am PSYCHED!
plese put a new one up please
Author's Response: Good idea!
OMLJ(Oh, my Lord Jesus) well, for starters, im gonna die for using the Lord's name in vain, even when I vowed that I wouldn't. And secondly, I just got back from state thespian festival where I saw an AMAZING production of Sweeny Todd. My school was seated in the back, so we couldn't really see any of the actors faces, but I am deeply in love with the guy who played Sweeny Todd. His voice=awesometastical. His acting=awesometastical. AND THE BEGGAR WOMAN. My friend and
I ran aroung screaming "MISCHIEF. MIIIIIIISCHEIF!!!" all day. Their Beggar Woman was greatness=greatness.
And now I understand this a lot better.
I'll keeeel you...Headmaster...I almost peed on myself. Those words, with that slow song....hehehehehehe. you are awesome.
I love this even more now!!
Author's Response: Maybe you should say "Oh My Lord Voldemort" instead. The worst that can happen is an E-Crucio. I wish my school would put on Sweeney Todd; we have the perfect Sweeney, but my teacher said she'd never put on that show. I love the Beggar Woman, and I've always wanted to play her! I'm so glad you like this spoof. It's never gotten much attention before.
AHH I loved this!! While I've never actually seen Sweeney Todd on Broadway, I liked the movie (except for the fact that nobody could *really* sing except Toby) and I luuurve the OBC recording. Anyway, your lyrics fit soo well...I'm majorly impressed; Sondheim is HARD, dude. But I love Sondheim =D
Anyway, I was cracking up hysterically all through A Little Bill...I loved the Thicknesse joke. Bahaha.
Also, I was, for some reason, amused by the fact that Helena Bonham Carter played both Mrs. Lovett and Bellatrix in the movie versions...and I noticed how perfectly By The Sea fits both characters =]
Anywho, major props for writing this. I'm pretty lousy with lyrics, but you do them really well!
Hairspray sounds really entertaining, by the way. You should do a RENT spoof (I tried to do this and failed. Miserably. I did come out with a Potterized version of La Vie Boheme that I sent to the Song Parodies section of Mugglenet...but it either hasn't been added yet/wasn't accepted) Anyway, it is kind of...erm...inappropriate. The movie--well--I don't like the movie very much, but it's more appropriate than the musical. The lyrics to 'La Vie Boheme' are about as bad as they get. In the stage production...well, look up the lyrics to Contact and keep in mind that it's staged rather vividly =P
Anyway, all digressions aside, this was an awesome spoof! Great job!! *goes off to listen to Sweeney Todd*
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I've never seen Sweeney on Broadway either (I've seen the video version of the old stage production and I have the OBC, and I DESPERATELY want the revival soundtrack, which has a female Pirelli and only nine or ten cast members total and very minimalistic staging and orchestration), but I've always really loved the show. I always thought it was too obscure to spoof, but then the film came out, and I said, "Well, I'll go for it!"
I actually really like Johnny Depp's voice. Call it a crime, but I think it's better-suited to the role of Sweeney than most trained singers, because he captures the intensity without going into overblown emotion. I feel like George Hearn (who most people see as THE Sweeney) used so much vibrato and vocal stylings that it was like he was saying "LISTEN TO ME! LISTEN TO MY VOICE!" instead of "Listen to what I'm saying and what my character is feeling." But yeah, that's just me!
Thanks so much for the -- Sondheim IS hard to spoof. So many internal rhymes! Amazingly, though, the "Wicked" spoof was actually harder to write than this one. Stephen Schwartz has some pretty complex rhyme schemes, too! "A Little Bill' was my favourite song of the bunch to write, because it was so stinkin' hard but I ended up liking the way it turned out. And yes, I HAD to make Bellatrix sing "By The Sea" after I saw this hilarious picture of Bellatrix and Voldemort on the beach posed like that one shot from the Sweeney Todd film!
You know, I've never seen Rent. I own a Rent t-shirt (my cousin bought it for me), but I don't know any of the songs except 'Seasons of Love,' and I don't know almost anything about the show. I do know that I'm not allowed to see the film (though I've never seen it, I can't imagine it can be any less appropriate than "Les Miserables," which has a whole song about prostitutes and a major character who is one) and that Idina Menzel's in it, but that's really all I know.
Oh. My. Godric.
This was absolutely AMAZING!! I was listening to the soundtrack while reading this and it went along really well. Well, except for the songs you used from the Broadway verison... for some reason it just didn't work with that ;)
I love Sweeney Todd (and not just because my best friend's last name is Sweeney). I would try to record the songs except my voice makes babies cry and dogs howl.
I wouldn't be able to say which was my favorite but if I had to choose I'd say it would have to be A Little Bill.
I haven't reviewed your other spoofs yet but I love them all!
Author's Response: Wow, thank you so much! This spoof was a lot of fun to write, but it was also harder to write than any spoof I've ever done. I've always appreciated Stephen Sondheim's lyric-writing skills, but I gained new appreciation for them when I had to spoof them! "A Little Bill" was my personal favourite as well-- it took me four hours to write. My dad found me awake at two A.M., still working on my song, and demanded I go to sleep, and I said, "PLEASE, DAD, I'M ON THE THIRD TO LAST LINE! JUST LET ME FINISH!"
Fantastic!!! I Love It!!!
Author's Response: Thank you!
have you heard of Into the Woods? It's another musical by Sondheim, which involves several fairy tale characters (like Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel,etc) with a Baker and His wife, plus the Witch. You may want to look up the musical online, since I don't think I have explained Into the Woods very well. There is a video production of the musical, which you can find on YouTube. I don't know how Into the Woods can get potterized, but the challenge is yours, if you want to take it.
Author's Response: I've heard of "Into The Woods," and I've heard a few of the songs, but somehow I couldn't get really into it. I ADORE Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Assassins (have you heard of that? "The Gun Song/The Ballad of Leon Czolgosz" is one of my very favourite songs from any musical), but I wasn't a big fan of "Into The Woods." Also, if I were to do a spoof, I'd want to do a really well-known musical-- I picked Sweeney, because the film with Johnny Depp really put the show in the public eye, and Phantom, Les Mis, High School Musical (which I'm in right now as Mrs. Darbus in a local production), and Wicked are also really well-known.
But even those don't get quite as many reviews as some of my other stories (with the exception of Hogwarts Musical-- that was even produced by a school in Canada), so if I did a more esoteric show, I doubt a lot of people would read it. *Sings the song "Sunset Boulevard"* "You think I've sold out? Dead right, I've sold out!" ^_^
Oh my god. It`s amazing. I actually read this a while a go. Some how I forgot to review. I actually got a picture, not made by me. But an other random person, I could send you the link if you want :) In th picture Bella and Voldemort sits by the sea. And I think it`s pretty cool. Cause I`m obsessed with anything that got anything to do with Harry Potter.
Anyway. I bet yah Tom and The Riddles did beat Stubby Boardman in 7 th year. I just read the dark lord's blog. You should write about Tom in his hogwart's years.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I've seen that picture-- it's by Makani, and it's entitled, "You and Me, Mr. V," which makes me giggle. It would be fun to write about Tom as a kid, but somehow, I don't feel like I can do it, because the Dark Lord's Blog was inspired by the Spoof Riddle Diaries on COS forums, which was a hilarious round robin I was part of, where everyday, someone would write a journal entry about Tim Riddle. One of the characters was the constantly time-traveling Future Self, and I decided to write Future Self's blog. But in the Spoof RIddle Diaries, Tom was incredibly emo and wore eyeliner, was in love with McGonagall, went through cycles of obsession with various kinds of Muggle things and foods, and spent most of his time in the Chamber of Secrets with Nagini, his Basilisk, Rosy Ann Fluffy Slyther, and the illegitimate student of Rosy the Basilisk and a Hogwarts student-- a half-human, half-Basilisk named Dolores Umbridge. It was pretty insane but hilarious, and I think I was a character in it. You can probably find it if you search "Spoof Riddle Diaries" on google.
after hairspray you should do Rent
Author's Response: Ooh, interesting. Unfortunately, I only know one song from "Rent" (Seasons of Love, we're singing it in my chorus class), because I wasn't allowed to see it... apparently it's got a lot of inappropriate content? I don't know anything about it except that one song, so I don't know. *Shrug*
I love this musical, and you made it all the more awesome for its HP qualities. *elevates thumbs* You're super!
Author's Response: Awww, thanks so much! It's great to get reviews for this! I worked really hard on it... Sondheim is HARD to spoof!
This is amazing! It really shows similarities between Sweeney Todd and Voldemort. I was listening to the music as I read the songs!
Author's Response: Oh my, thanks! I don't get many reviews for this, so each one's a treat.
Well, I just saw the movie Sweeny Todd for the first time a few days ago. I really enjoyed it, though I thought Johnny Depp slitting people’s throats with great gore and violence was just disturbing, especially since he does so in graphic detail about twenty or so times in the movie. On a slightly more cheerful note, I couldn’t help but notice that many of the actors play Death Eaters in the Potter films.
With that in mind, I decided to read this musical spoof a second time. Though I have forgotten the tune of some of the songs, I enjoyed this story more the second time reading it, since I at least had some idea of how most of the songs were supposed to go. Speaking of which, I’m curious to know what the differences are between the songs in the movie and the Broadway version.
On a very unrelated note, I sent you another picture on Monday, but I was wondering if you got it or not. Currently, I’m trying to think of what to draw for yet another Potter’s Pentagon art submission, and I’ll probably send you my next entry within a few days.
But I digress. Once again, this was an entertaining and fascinating read, and I look forward to your next musical spoof, hopefully of Spamalot!
Tim the Enchanter
Author's Response: Welll, hello there! Yeah, one of the bigest appeals of Sweeney Todd for me was seeing Harry Potter characters singing... especially Snape, which was hilarious. The throat-slitting for me was actually less scary than I thought it would be because it vaguely reminded me of the Black Knight from Monty Python... the blood was so fake and spurt-y that it seemed funny, though the Judge's death was disturbing for me. I did get your email... I'm sorry I didn't respond! I've been so busy with SOLs (Horrible standardized tests that everyone has to take) and end-of-the-year projects, such as French Revolution Puppet Pals. (Hey guys, I found the source of the bloodshed! It's a guillotine! YAAAY! *Shing*) Glad you liked this!
Author's Response: Thanks!
God, Schmergo, you never fail to amaze me. I don’t know how you keep churning these out… Lyric spoofing is HARD! They made us do it in Spanish class, y fue muy dificil! (and it was wicked difficult!) And I’m sure Sondheim must be much harder than Hannah Montana was. (She now sings about world peace. In Spanish.) But. This is incredible. I was singing along the entire time, and only noticed that my door was open during the Johanna reprise, so my mom was probably like “what on earth is she singing?” especially since I was kind of supposed to be cleaning my room for the last hour. Whoops. I can’t pick a favourite song, because I loved it ALL, but the bits with Snape singing were particularly enjoyable, as well as Harry and his random interjections… (although my favourite one of those is still “This is…inopportune…” from Wicked). Fenrir Greyback is scintillatingly freaky, good job! Lovegood… BLAST! Amazing. Ahhh, stupid Voldy wasting time singing about world domination instead of actually doing it. We lose more evil villains that way, honestly!
Incredible job, as always. I vote for Beauty and the Beast next, as that’s quite possible my fave of all time and I want to see what you do with it. Make it a zillion times better than Menken and Schwartz ever did, I’ll bet. Or the people who wrote it, if it wasn’t them. Disney confuses me…
Yeah. Brilliant. As per usual. A quadrillion out of ten. By the way, did you know the bit in the Ballad that they repeat throughout the show (swing your razor high, etc) is actually some British requiem that Sondheim ripped off from whoever wrote it? It is. Not the words, but the music. There’s your random Sweeney Todd fact of the day, courtesy of me. Olé!
Author's Response: Oh my gosh, thank you so much! Stephen Sondheim is really hard to spoof because of all of the internal rhymes, but I'd have more trouble doing Spanish, since I only speak English and German! (A Spanish Hannah Montana song sounds funny...) I'm really quite glad that people who actually like Sweeney TOdd are reading this! I LOVE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SOOO MUCH, but if I did it, I'd be forced to add in all the new songs from the Broadway show, like "If I Can't Love Her" (much heart-symbol) and all of those-- I think a lot of the added songs are actually better than those from the film. Terrence Mann, the original Broadway Beast, is my favourite musical theatre performer, with the delightful Michael Ball coming in a close second... but I don't know why I said this, it's pointless.
rnOh, the 'swing your razor' theme is the Dies Irae (Day of Wrath), and whenever I hear it, I freak out and go, "SWEENEY!" They also use it constantly in "The Road To El Dorado" (one of my favourite films; an adorable Dreamworks animated comedy), and whenever I hear it, I'm like "SWING YOUR RAZOR WIDE, SWEEENEY!" Good thing I never saw that film in theatres.