Sweeney Todd

July 9 - August 26, 2016

Sondheim's "musical thriller" tells a story of obsession and revenge, spiced with a measure of black humor.  The Tony and Olivier award-winning score is driving, wistful, funny and touching, with such numbers as “Johanna,” “The Worst Pies in London,” “Not While I’m Around” and “Pretty Women.”

“It reminds me an awful lot of a crazy show I did at Glimmerglass some years back, Offenbach’s Bluebeard, an operetta about the guy who killed off all of his wives – although in Offenbach’s version they didn’t actually die but were hidden away in a bunker, Kimmy Schmidt-style. Sondheim and Offenbach’s zany, gory pieces both play a brilliant balancing act between Gothic horror and biting social satire, stripping away the hypocritical mask which hides the reality of our dog-eat-dog – or in Sweeney’s case, man-eat-man – societal structures and craftily employing musical comedy and operetta techniques to achieve their marvelously subversive ends.” -- Christopher Alden, director

Presented in English with projected English text.



saturday 09
monday 18m
friday 22
saturday 30m
saturday 30

m = matinee




thursday 04
saturday 06m
saturday 13
monday 15m
sunday 21m
tuesday 23m
friday 26

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This opera will be broadcast on October 29 on New York City’s classical music station 105.9 WQXR, at wqxr.org, and distributed nationally by the WFMT Radio Network, at wfmt.com.


Conductor John DeMain
Director Christopher Alden
Choreographer Eric Sean Fogel
Andrew Holland
Costumes Terese Wadden
Lighting Robert Wierzel
Hair & Makeup J. Jared Janas & Dave Bova
Projected Titles Kelley Rourke

Sweeney Todd Greer Grimsley
Mrs. Lovett Luretta Bybee
Anthony Hope Harry Greenleaf*
Johanna Emily Pogorelc*
Tobias Ragg Nicholas Nestorak*
Judge Turpin Peter Volpe
Beggar Woman
Patricia Schuman
Adolfo Pirelli Christopher Bozeka*
Beadle Bamford Bille Bruley*

*Young Artist