Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Music and lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by HUGH WHEELER
From an adaptation by CHRISTOPHER BOND
Directed by TERRENCE J. NOLEN
Musical Direction by ERIC EBBENGA
On the F. Otto Haas Stage
May 19 - June 26, 2005
The Arden returns to Sondheim in what promises to be the theatrical event of the season! On a mission of ruthless retribution, Sweeney Todd schemes with Mrs. Lovett to avenge his family in the most delectable fashion. This thrilling masterpiece of passion, revenge and meat pies is a chilling comedy set to the brilliant music of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim.
Sweeney Todd is supported in part by a grant from the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, a program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the University of the Arts.
"A big, boldly imagined, expertly designed Sweeney Todd
! An intriguing, entertaining mixture of dark comedy, gory violence, murderous passion, and tender young love." –Philadelphia Inquirer
"Three cheers for the Arden, for Terry Nolen, and of course for Sondheim. It's a combination that has given Philadelphia some of its best theater (Sweeney
included), and promises more to come!" –Philadelphia City Paper
"Spellbinding theater! The Arden's production of Sondheim's classic is the best musical of the year so far!" –Philadelphia Weekly
"This thrilling musical work - arguably the best ever created for the American stage - is enjoying a spellbinding reworking, courtesy of the Arden Theatre Company and its daring artistic director, Terrence J. Nolen." –Reading Eagle