Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will make its debut on the Poplar Pike Playhouse stage in February. This musical won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it debuted on Broadway in 1979. For nearly 40 years, Sweeney Todd has been produced all around the world, has migrated through the world’s leading opera houses and has been adapted to a film directed by Tim Burton starring Johnny Depp. Written by Stephen Sondheim, a name synonymous with musical theatre success, Sweeney Todd makes a significant theatrical impact through its powerful music and larger-than-life characters.
The musical theatre favorite follows the story of Benjamin Barker (also known as Sweeney Todd) who was imprisoned by lascivious Judge Turpin for a crime he did not commit. He returns fifteen years later for retribution and restoration. He befriends a hapless meat-pie baker, Mrs. Lovett, and together they work to exact his revenge and to make her rich.
Ashleigh Williams returns as director of this Poplar Pike Playhouse production. “On the surface, Sweeney Todd is the story of revenge, but there are undercurrents of so much more. This is the story of longing to fit in and acceptance, love and loss, and hope and despair. Technically, this show is a challenge for our student cast and crew and I feel they are up to that challenge.”
Rehearsals have already begun. Those who have seen Sweeney Todd before know that seeing and hearing this work with a full chorus and orchestra, and sung by great lyric voices, can be a truly unforgettable theatre experience. For those who have not seen the show, this is definitely one to make plans to see.
The cast of Sweeney Todd includes: Amber Allen, Kimberly Baldwin, Hayden Belue, Kyle Bowers, Rachel Christopherson, Erica Crosby, Abigail Davis, Breuna Dickerson, Antonio Johnson-Farrar, Kaleb Frieson, Kadiatu Gassama, Cecilia Hartney, Andrew Heady, DanE Henderson, Tate Jakobi, C.J. Jamerson, Reyna Katko, Elanis Kelley, Jahvon Key, Mackenzie Kuykendoll, Alanna Lee, Allison Lee, Rodney McKinner, Avery Moore, Alexa Morris, Christian Powell, Lundell Simmons, Scarlett Simpson, CJ Thomas, Xavion Thomas, Alan Toney, and Sophie Willis. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be directed by Ashleigh Williams. Associate director is Jeff White. Musical director is Matthew Hayner. Technical director is Catie Ward. John Hagan is the conductor.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opens at the Poplar Pike Playhouse on February 22 and will run through March 10. Call the PPP Box Office at (901) 755-7775 or go to ppp.org to get more information! Follow the PPP on Facebook, Instagram (poplarpikeplayhouse), and Twitter (ppptheatre) for updates and special coupon codes for our shows.
The Poplar Pike Playhouse is the theatre complex located on the campus of Germantown High School. The corporate sponsor is Landmark Community Bank.