Press Release
Press Contact: Samantha Mighdoll - 561.514.4042 x109 - SMighdoll@palmbeachdramaworks.org
Palm Beach Dramaworks
Announces its Summer Production
 
The Tony Award-winning musical
Sweeney Todd: 
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler

July 14 - August 6
at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre
Audiences will be in for a bloody good time this summer, when Palm Beach Dramaworks presents  Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street . The musical thriller, with music and lyrics by  Stephen Sondheim and a book by  Hugh Wheeler , opens at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre on July 14 and continues through August 6, with a specially priced preview on July 13.

Sweeney Todd was the recipient of eight Tony Awards in 1979, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book. This delightfully macabre tale of obsession and revenge is based on Christopher Bond's 1973 play Sweeney Todd, which is a retelling of a British melodrama that dates back to 1847. Banished from England on a trumped-up charge by a corrupt judge who lusted after his wife, Sweeney escapes his confinement 15 years later and manages to return to London. He learns from his old neighbor, Mrs. Lovett, that his wife poisoned herself and that his daughter Johanna is now Judge Turpin's ward. Sweeney sets out in pursuit of the judge, and the plot twists are worthy of Shakespeare. As he goes increasingly mad, no one is safe from his razor. Mrs. Lovett becomes his enterprising cohort, grinding Sweeney's victims into filling for the meat pies she sells at her shop - and turning a nice profit in the process.
 
The original production of Sweeney Todd, directed by Hal Prince (Tony Award), opened on Broadway on March 1, 1979 and ran for 557 performances. It starred Len Cariou as Sweeney Todd and Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett, both of whom won Tony Awards.
 
The show is often referred to as Sondheim's masterpiece, and it is among his most popular works. It has been staged countless times: on Broadway, in opera houses, in symphony halls, and in theatres throughout the country. Other memorable New York productions include a 1989 staging at Circle in the Square that starred Bob Gunton as Sweeney Todd and Beth Fowler as Mrs. Lovett, and a 2005 revival that starred Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone, and featured actors doubling as musicians.
 
"One of the reasons I'm excited to be doing Sweeney Todd, aside from the fact that it's a wonderful work, is because I think it's the kind of musical that will attract younger audiences and a more diverse demographic during the summer months," says William Hayes, PBD producing artistic director.
 
PBD's production will be directed by Clive Cholerton, and feature scenic design by Michael Amico and costume design by Brian O'Keefe. The rest of the creative team will be announced at a later date, as will the cast.
Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

The Don & Ann Brown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org
Palm Beach Dramaworks - 201 Clematis Street West Palm Beach FL 33401 - 561.514.4042