The Boston Conservatory Theater Ensemble will present "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," from Oct. 28 - 31 at the new Boston Conservatory Theater, located at 31 Hemenway Street in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, the production will be directed by Neil Donohoe, Director of the Conservatory’s acclaimed Theater Division. Choreography is by Michelle Chassé.
Todd" will be the first fully staged musical theater performance
in the Conservatory’s new and improved theater building. Marking
the Conservatory’s first major facilities project in 50 years, the
“Hemenway Project” was a $32 million, 16-month-long
renovation and expansion project that effectively adds 16,000 new square
feet of rehearsal and performance space to the building, as well as a
completely renovated, state-of-the-art 300-seat theater with new orchestra
pit, air conditioning and a host of technical upgrades.
Donohoe commented, "'Sweeney Todd' is not only one of the greatest musical theater works of the 20th century, it is also one of the greatest operas of the 20th Century. That is why it has been performed in opera houses around the world. The music is astounding, very difficult to master and to bring to such vivid, portentous life. It is an enormous challenge for the Theater Division to mount. The students are up to this challenge! Never have I seen such enthusiasm, creativity, and positive energy from a cast. They are thrilled to be in this show, and to be part of our inaugural season in our new theater!”
Originally opening on Broadway in 1979 and billed as "musical
thriller," "Sweeney Todd" won eight Tony Awards
including honors for Best Musical, Best Book and
Best Original Score. Starring Len Cariou and
Angela Lansbury, the original production was directed by Hal
Prince. There have been numerous revivals and re-imagings
since then, including a film version starring Johnny Depp.
-- OnStage Boston
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