Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The Shane Lalani Center for the Arts in Livingston is delighted to kick of its 2012-2013 season with Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,which will open Friday, October 12. Set in 19th century England Sweeney returns to London after 15 years’ of hard labor in an Australian penal colony on falsified charges. When he finds out that his wife poisoned herself after being violated by the judge who convicted him, he vows revenge on the judge and, later, the whole world. He teams up with a piemaker, Mrs. Lovett, and opens a barbershop in which he murders his customers and has them baked into pies.
A true tour de force, Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 1979, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. The play will run at the Dulcie Theatre (at the Shane Center) through November 4th, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm.