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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Warlow – Australia’s original Phantom – is set to play the powerhouse ‘demon barber’ Sweeney Todd, while Gina Riley plays landlady and pie-shop owner Mrs. Lovett in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1979 musical masterpiece. Together they bring high-wattage star power to this unique new concert production playing Sydney and Melbourne in June for six performances only per city.
With soaring arias of vengeance and yearning, the darkly-comic SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street combines the vocal power and sweep of opera with the aching humanity and truth of theatre.
Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 1979 and in London’s West End in 1980. The musical thriller, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Hugh Wheeler, has seen numerous revivals worldwide by opera and theatre companies as well as Tim Burton’s 2007 film adaptation starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. The story, inspired by a tale serialised in a Penny Dreadful in 1846-47, centres on the unjustly exiled barber who returns to London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads to Mrs Lovett, the proprietor of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber shop. Desperate times lead Sweeney Todd to plot diabolical schemes against those who have wronged him.
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