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Nov. 05 2016

11/12/16 – GLIMMERGLASS – Sweeney Todd @1pm

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Glimmerglass Festival

Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim

Sondheim’s “musical thriller” tells a story of obsession and revenge, spiced with a measure of black humor.  The Tony and Olivier award-winning score is driving, wistful, funny and touching, with such numbers as “Johanna,” “The Worst Pies in London,” “Not While I’m Around” and “Pretty Women.”

“It reminds me an awful lot of a crazy show I did at Glimmerglass some years back, Offenbach’s Bluebeard, an operetta about the guy who killed off all of his wives – although in Offenbach’s version they didn’t actually die but were hidden away in a bunker, Kimmy Schmidt-style. Sondheim and Offenbach’s zany, gory pieces both play a brilliant balancing act between Gothic horror and biting social satire, stripping away the hypocritical mask which hides the reality of our dog-eat-dog – or in Sweeney’s case, man-eat-man – societal structures and craftily employing musical comedy and operetta techniques to achieve their marvelously subversive ends.” — Christopher Alden, director

Presented in English with projected English text.

Conductor John DeMain
Director Christopher Alden
Choreographer Eric Sean Fogel
Andrew Holland
Costumes Terese Wadden
Lighting Robert Wierzel
Hair & Makeup J. Jared Janas & Dave Bova
Projected Titles Kelley Rourke

Sweeney Todd Greer Grimsley
Mrs. Lovett Luretta Bybee
Anthony Hope Harry Greenleaf*
Johanna Emily Pogorelc*
Tobias Ragg Nicholas Nestorak*
Judge Turpin Peter Volpe
Beggar Woman
Patricia Schuman
Adolfo Pirelli Christopher Bozeka*
Beadle Bamford Bille Bruley*

*Young Artist

Photo: Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival

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