CROSSVILLE, Tenn. – “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” a cutthroat tale of retribution, is now playing through Oct. 26 on the Mainstage of Cumberland County Playhouse, one of the top 10 rural theaters in the U.S.
Sweeney Todd, formerly known as barber Benjamin Barker, was convicted on false charges and exiled to Australia by the corrupt Judge Turpin and his assistant Beadle Bamford. Fifteen years later, after being rescued at sea by the young sailor Anthony Hope, Todd has returned to London hoping to be reunited with his wife and daughter. When he arrives at his former home - now owned by Mrs. Lovett, a widow who runs a failing meat pie shop on the bottom floor - he learns that his wife poisoned herself and his daughter Johanna is now the ward of the very judge who sent him away.
Lovett recognizes Todd and allows him to reopen his barbershop upstairs. Todd and Lovett soon realize they have mutually profitable needs: his, a compulsion to seek revenge on those who wronged him and hers, a demand for cheap fresh meat. Complications arise when romance blossoms between Anthony and Todd’s estranged daughter, and the plot thickens even further as Todd faces a blackmail scheme from rival barber Pirelli, along with increasing suspicion from Lovett’s assistant Tobias and a neighborhood Beggar Woman. Will his collaboration with Mrs. Lovett succeed, or will their toothsome plot come at too high a price?
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is a macabre musical masterpiece with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, based on the 1973 play by Christopher Bond. The Tony® Award-winning score is peppered with darker themes like the chilling “No Place Like London,” as well as the wickedly funny tunes, “The Worst Pies in London” and “A Little Priest.” The show’s Music Director is Ron Murphy and the Choreographer is Ashley Gentry (The Hunchback of Notre Dame).
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is sponsored by Uplands Village and rated PG-13.
Tickets may be reserved by calling 931-484-5000 or visiting www.ccplayhouse.com.
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