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Arts / Entertainment

Sweeney Todd is chilling, compelling

October 26, 2011

A work that bridges musical and classical theatre, 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,' has been described as dark, chilling, exciting, and compelling. The play is being performed by CSU Opera Theatre and CSU Opera Orchestra.

'Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,' is the most technically complex opera show ever produced at Colorado State.

University Center for the Arts
Griffin Concert Hall
1400 Remington Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, written by Stephen Sondheim, will be performed by CSU Opera Theatre and the CSU Opera Orchestra.

The performance will be directed by Gregory Brookes and conducted by Wes Kenney.

Synopsis

Benjamin Barker, after being falsely convicted and sent to Australia for life, has escaped and returned to London to seek his revenge.

When forced to kill the rival barber who has recognized him, the ingenious Mrs. Lovett suggests that they use the meat to make pies. 

Winner of eight Tony Awards

This dark story, masterfully woven by Sondheim with music that is exciting and compelling, was the winner of eight Tony Awards in 1979, the year it opened on Broadway. 

“Sweeney Todd bridges classical and musical theatre, requiring the range and flexibility of classically trained singers, while the theatrical demands stretch the abilities of even the best trained actors,” said director Gregory Brookes.

“This production will suck the audience in to the very end. Happy Halloween!”

'Sweeney Todd' (1979), enjoyed a 2005 Broadway revival. A film starring Johnny Depp was released in 2007.Performance dates

Friday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 30, 2 p.m.

Tickets

  • $10/CSU students
  • $1/Youth (2-17)
  • $20/Adult

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Note: Sweeney Todd is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th St., New York, NY 10019, (212) 541-4684, Fax - (212) 397-4684.

All images accompanying this story were taken by CSU Photography.  


Contact: Jennifer Clary
E-mail: jennifer.clary@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-3603