The character of Sweeney Todd first appeared in a Victorian penny dreadful called The String of Pearls in 1846. The following year, it was adapted into a stage play with the same name. In 1928, the silent film version was released. In 1979, Stephen Sondheim’s musical version opened on Broadway. It won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. In 2007, Tim Burton’s film version was released. And now, in September of 2022, Kokandy Productions opens the musical version at The Chopin Theatre.
Sweeney Todd is a barber who seeks vengeance against the judge who sent him away. He meets Mrs Lovett, the owner of a pie shop, who becomes his partner in seeking revenge.
This production is presented in the round. This creates a close intimacy to the stage, but it does result in the stage light being directly in the audience’s face. The center of the stage spins by being manually pushed giving the space a dynamic touch.
The cast includes Kevin Webb (Nightmares and Nightcaps) and Caitlin Jackson (Trash) as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett. They are joined by Quinn Rigg (Adolfo Pirell/Jonas Fogg), Isabel Cecilia García (Beggar Woman), Christopher Johnson (Judge Turpin), Josiah Haugen (Beadle Bamford), Chamaya Moody (Johanna), Patrick O’Keefe (Tobias Ragg) and Ryan Stajmiger (Anthony Hope). The Fleet Street ensemble includes Joel Arreola, Brittney Brown, Ethan Carlson, Stephanie Chiodras, Christopher Johnson, Nikki Krzebiot, Charlie Mann and Daniel Rausch. Swings include Tyler DeLoatch, Nathan Kabara and Angela Yu.
See the full program here.
Cost of a ticket: $44
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Get tickets now for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street through November 6th!