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Sweeney Todd ‘The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ musical to be presented at Delta State

By October 31, 2008General


Sweeney Todd,The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” musicalwill make its Cleveland premiere on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Bologna Performing Arts Center on campus.

This exciting and innovative new production features a multi-talented ensemble of ten talented actor and musicians.  The Wall Street Journal says, “The greatest musical of the past half-century has returned in a staging of the utmost force and originality!” and Time Out New York calls Doyle’s revival “the most addictively delicious dish on Broadway in years!”
Carrie Cimma (Mrs. Lovett) and Merritt David Janes (Sweeney Todd) will be joined byDuke Anderson (Anthony), Bob Bohon (The Beadle), Matt Cusack (Jonas Fogg), Patty Lohr (Beggar Woman), Chris Marchant (Tobias), David Alan Marshall (Judge Turpin), Ruthie Ann Miles (Pirelli), and Wendy Muir (Johanna).  Also in the cast areAndrew Crowe (Standby for Anthony and Tobias), David Fiorello(Standby for The Beadle and Jonas Fogg), Jeffrey Funaro (Standby for Sweeney Todd, Judge Turpin, The Beadle and Jonas Fogg), Elizabeth Hagstedt(Standby for Mrs. Lovett and Pirelli), and Marita Stryker (Standby for Johanna, Beggar Woman and Pirelli).
Sweeney Todd is based on the 19th century legend of a London barber driven to a life of crime after a malevolent judge takes his wife and child from him.  Sweeney’s plan for revenge includesa cutthroat partnership with Mrs. Lovett—an enterprising businesswoman—who is soon producing the tastiest meat pies in London.
Original direction and design by Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards winner John Doyle; recreated by Adam Hunter; Sweeney Toddfeatures the music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, with music supervision by David Loud.  The creative team also includes Paul Miller for lighting design, based on original design by Richard Jones, and Shannon Slaton for sound design.
Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 2005 to universal critical acclaim where it won the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Revival of a Musical, and was awarded a Special Citation by the New York Drama Critics Circle.  It arrived on Broadway from a highly successful London engagement originally staged by the Watermill Theatre, which transferred first to the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End in July 2004 to wide critical acclaim, then to the New Ambassadors Theatre.Sweeney Toddisproduced by NETworks Presentations, LLC.
For more information on ticket sales, please contact the Bologna Performing Arts Center at (662) 846-4626 or visit our website at