They have actually created a scholastic version of Sweeney Todd. Saw the premiere of it done by a local professional theatre group. They were all teens. Sondheim worked with them and theymade it palatable for High School Production. We enjoyed it.
I watched it for the first time yesterday. It's definitely a Tim Burton film, it's a little more gory than I suspected it was going to be. I enjoyed the movie but I'm a HUGE fan of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton! I guess I don't think there's much more gore than the throat slashing... and I don't think that's even that bad but I will say that kids under 13 or 14 should NOT watch it with you.
Seen the movie 3 times, and 2 different stage productions, one being just last week at the Ahmanson Theater.
I like the movie better than the live performance for several reasons. One is the music is worlds better in the film, the singing is better, and I do love the cast.
It has a few gross parts in the beginning and then the actual killings are way bloodier. Our school drama department was joking about how half their budget must have been on fake blood. Then we agreed no, half their budget was fake blood for the last scene.
I didn't have any problems watching it myself, the actual throat slashings are not really that bad, and they're short anyways so you can look away.