Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber takes the stage at Musical Theatre West
2009-12-30 · By Editor
Musical Theatre West kicks off the new year with the Stephen Sondheim masterpiece, Sweeney Todd. Previewing on January 29, 2010, Sweeney Todd opens January 30 and runs through February 14 at the spectacular Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, is based on the 1973 play Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Christopher Bond.
In this legendary 1979 Tony Award-winning musical thriller, Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, returns to London from Australia after spending 15 years in prison on false charges. When he learns from his former landlady Mrs. Lovett that his wife poisoned herself after being raped by the Judge who wrongly imprisoned him, he vows revenge. The infamous demon barber then embarks on a delicious plot to slice his way through London’s upper crust.
Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway at the Uris Theatre on March 1, 1979 and ran for 557 performances. It was directed by Harold Prince with musical staging by Larry Fuller. It starred Len Cariou as Sweeney Todd and Angela Lansbury of Murder, She Wrote fame as Mrs. Lovett.
About the Musical Theatre West Cast:
Norman Large returns to the MTW stage to portray Sweeney Todd. Mr. Large’s Broadway credits include The Woman in White, Les Misérables and A Doll’s Life. He previously appeared for MTW as Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance and as Georges in La Cage aux Folles.
Also featured in the cast are Debbie Prutesman as Mrs. Lovett, Michelle Duffy as Beggar Woman, Dan Callaway, as Anthony, Roland Rusinek as The Beadle, Jim Holdridge as Tobias, Richard Gould as Judge Turpin and Alan M-L Wagner as Pirelli.
The Creative Team behind Sweeney Todd
Calvin Remsburg – (Director) Mr. Remsberg directed the acclaimed 20th Anniversary production of Sweeney Todd at the Ahmanson Theater, starring Kelsey Grammer , Christine Baranski , and Neil Patrick Harris , and recently directed the equally well received production of Sweeney Todd at Performance Riverside. When he’s not directing or performing, he maintains a studio in private voice in Van Nuys, California, serving an elite clientele of Tony, Emmy, and Oscar winners, including American Idol finalist Adam Lambert .
John Glaudini – (Musical Director) Mr. Glaudini’s musical directing credits include Aspects of Love, Street Scene for Musical Theatre Guild and I Love a Piano, Altar Boyz (LA Drama Critics Circle nominee) and The Andrews Brothers (Ovation Award nominee) for Musical Theatre West. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild and an alumnus of the BMI Workshop in NYC. As a composer, his show, How the Nurse Feels was accepted into the Disney/ASCAP workshop in LA and was at the NAMT festival in NYC in 2008.
Sweeney Todd performances take place January 30 – February 14 at 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Visit the Musical Theatre West website for a complete list of performance dates and times, www.musical.org. Following Sweeney Todd in the 2009-2010 Season is The Marvelous Wonderettes and 1776.
Musical Theatre West performances are at the spectacular 1070-seat Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. Tickets for Sweeney Todd range from $30-$80 and can be purchased through the MTW Box Office at (562) 856-1999 x4 or online at www.musical.org.