LIVE SHOW (and Tell!) Series
Tuesday, January 19 at 7pm Eastern
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Susan H. Schulman
Music Direction and Design by David Krane
This is a panel discussion of The York's production, NOT a performance.
Join us as we revisit the 1989 York Mainstage Revival of the 1979 Tony Award winning Best Musical Sweeney Todd with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond.
Presented by The York, Sweeney Todd received its first New York revival production at The Church
of the Heavenly Rest on March 31, 1989 where it continued through April 29, 1989. Upon receiving critical acclaim the production transferred to Broadway where it played for 188 performances from September 14, 1989 through February 25, 1990 at Circle in the Square. The cast featured Broadway veterans Bob Gunton as The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Beth Fowler as the conniving Mrs. Lovett (pictured above).
Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success. Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.
An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!
York’s James Morgan and theater historian Charles Wright will be joined by Susan H. Schulman(director), David Krane (music director), Beba Shamash (costume designer), Mary Jo Dondlinger (lighting designer), and cast members Bob Gunton, Beth Fowler, Perry Cline, SuEllen Estey, Ted Keegan, Eddie Korbich, Paul Libin, Annie McGreevey, Jim Walton, and more.