Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, In Concert
A Worst Nightmare Productions Produces Sondheim’s Masterpiece As A Benefit For Southern Oregon Humane Society
Performances: September 12, 13, & 14th 2008
Press Night: September 11, 2008 7:00 p.m.
Where: RCC’s H Building, the Warehouse, 8th Street and Bartlett Avenue, Medford.
Tickets to Sondheim’s thrilling musical masterpiece can be reserved now. The show runs September 12, 13, and 14th, 2008. This In Concert production of SWEENEY TODD will benefit the Southern Oregon Humane Society. A multi-talented cast was hand-selected by the show’s director Clifford Allen. It includes Brett Garrett as the vengeful Sweeney Todd and Elizabeth Forrest as his dazzlingly demented accomplice Mrs. Lovett.
“He Shaved the Faces of Gentlemen Who Never Thereafter Were Heard of Again” SWEENEY TODD opened on Broadway in 1979 starring Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou and went on to win eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. Stephen Sondheim composed the razor-sharp score and his brilliant lyrics are alternately gleeful and gruesome.
A thriller set in Victorian England, SWEENEY TODD tells the tale of a man just released from jail for a crime he did not commit. The “Demon Barber of Fleet Street” cooks up a hilariously macabre revenge scheme resulting in this crafty, comedic and captivating thriller. Songs include: “Pretty Women”, the haunting and melodic “Not While I’m Around”, as well as the deliciously funny “A Little Priest”.
Other cast members include: Heidi Stoner (Beggar Woman) Robin Downward (Anthony Hope) Windy Gish (Johanna) Andy Atkinson (Pirelli) Chance Larsen (Judge Turpin)Chris Matthews (Beadle) and Sierra Houk (Tobias Ragg).
The musical director is Chris Matthews. Teresa Van De Veere Pratt is the guest director, Cyndi Noyes is the lighting designer/ production manager, and Pamela Alford is the hair/make-up designer. Janet Eshoo is the costumer. Other contributing members include: Jennifer Allen, John Cole, Jared Reuwsaat, Tim Reuwsaat, Tina Reuwsaat, Wolfgang Runzi, and Tom Symons.
Clifford Allen (Director). Mr. Allen, producing artistic director and owner of WorstNightmare Productions, has produced various haunted attractions in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, California, and Oregon over the past 13 years. Also, directed various musicals and plays to include, The Fantastiks, Dracula, Bus Stop, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change.
Stephen Sondheim (Music and Lyrics ) wrote the music and lyrics for Passion (1994), Assassins (1991), Into the Woods (1987), Sunday in the Park With George (1984), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sweeney Todd (1979), Pacific Overtures (1976), The Frogs (1974), A Little Night Music (1973), Follies (1971; revised in London in 1987, Broadway revival in 2001), Company (1970), Anyone Can Whistle (1964) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), as well as the lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983) and Putting It Together (1993/99) are anthologies of his work. He composed the film scores of Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (Academy Award, 1990). He also wrote songs for the television production Evening Primrose (1966), co-authored with Anthony Perkins the film The Last Days of Sheila (1973), and with George Furth, the play Getting Away With Murder (1996). He provided incidental music for the plays The Girls of Summer (1956), Invitation to a March (1961) and Twigs (1971). He won Tony Awards for Best Score for a Musical for Passion, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Follies and Company.
All of these shows won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, as did Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park With George, the latter also receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Saturday Night (1954), his first professional musical, finally had its New York premiere in 1999 at Second Stage Theatre. The Roundabout Theatre Company produced Assassins in November 2001 at the Booth Theatre; interestingly, this revival was the show’s Broadway debut.
SWEENEY TODD In Concert has adult themes and is not intended for all audiences.
Tickets to SWEENEY TODD In Concert are priced at just $10. Tickets are available for reserve over the phone through Worst Nightmare Productions at 541-601-4001. Or can be purchased day of performance.
What: â€œSweeney Todd in Concertâ€
When: Opens 7 p.m. Friday, September 12, other dates: 7 p.m. Saturday, September 13, 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, September 14, and 7 p.m. Sunday, September 14
Where: RCCâ€™s H Building, the Warehouse, 8th Street and Bartlett Avenue, Medford.
Tickets: $10 to benefit the Southern Oregon Humane Society.
Please contact Clifford Allen at 541-601-4001, with questions or to schedule individual interviews. Photos are available upon request.