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Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Steven Sondheim's classic "operatic melodrama" is the dark and twisted tale of a man obsessed with vengeance. The story has elements of mystery and thriller laced with dark comedy. At its heart, it is a poignant statement on the dangers of obsession.

The Sondheim musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, a London barber wrongly transported to Botany Bay so a corrupt judge could seduce his young wife.

Returning to London after 15 years, he changes his name to Sweeney Todd and joins forces with Mrs. Lovett, the proprietress of the meat-pie shop underneath his former tonsorial parlor.

As Sweeney prepares for the moment he can exact his revenge on the judge, Mrs. Lovett puts his murderous rehearsals to good culinary use. Soon, customers begin lining up in droves for Mrs. Lovett's new, wondrously tasty meat pies while the dregs of London line up for a close shave, compliments of Sweeney Todd! Appropriate for high school and up.

* The actors appear through the courtesy of Actor's Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage managers in the United States.
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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