"Sweeney Todd,” the musical about a barber in 1840s England who seeks revenge on those who wronged him, will begin a three-weekend run on the Playhouse Merced mainstage Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.
‘Sweeney Todd” centers around the title character who, after serving time in prison, returns to London, and along with his neighbor Mrs. Lovett, hatches a plan to seek out and kill those who did him wrong. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (“Company,” “Into the Woods,” and “Assassins”), the haunting and lush musical score features such popular songs as “Pretty Women,” “Not While I’m Around” and “Johanna.”
First presented on Broadway in 1979 starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury, it saw a Broadway revival in 2005 starring Michael Cerveris and Patti Lupone. More recently, it was a feature film starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in the lead roles.
Playhouse Merced’s production is directed by Joe Hypes, musically directed by Darrel Lingenfelter, and features husband and wife Jim Kocher and Dianne Kocher as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett. Also in the cast are Brad Reed as Judge Turpin, Stephen Mouillesseaux as Anthony, Meghan Taylor as Johanna, Corey Strauss as Toby, Rob Hypes as Pirelli, Emme Cardenas as The Beggar Woman and Kevin Achas as Beadle Bamford. In addition, an ensemble of nine singers and actors rounds out the production. Costumes for “Sweeney Todd” are designed by Cindy Strauss with Set Design by Corey Strauss.
This show is rated M = Mature Themes, Situations and / or Language.
“Sweeney Todd” opens Oct. 14 and plays three weekends through Oct. 30. Tickets are on sale now for Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.. Tickets prices: adults: $20; seniors: $18; students: $10; children: $8. Buy tickets by calling (209) 725-8587, or visiting the box office at 452 West Main in downtown Merced, Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.