by Austin Theatre Project
Oct. 14 - Oct. 29, 2016
Steven Sondheim's dark musical about the murderous barber. Joe Penrod and Cathie Sheridan are featured. Jeff Hinkle directs.
Two years ago, ATP produced Carrie: the Musical which wowed the critics, thrilled the audiences, and won some well-deserved acting awards for its leading ladies Audrey Johnson and Cathie Sheridan. (Incidentally, it is still receiving nominations and is currently up for quite a few awards).
"We wanted to recreate some of that magic with a different show. It took David and I just a few seconds to come up with the idea of bringing back Cathie and director Jeff Hinkle for Sweeney Todd," said Barbara Schuler. "As we looked into the show, we realized that the traditional full production was probably more than our venue and budget limitations could handle. David told me about a production he worked on in Florida about twenty years ago that took place in an intimate, 99-seat theatre. The more we talked about it the more our vision of the show took shape. We also decided to reach out to Austin theatre legend Joe Penrod and see if he might be interested in returning to Texas for a run as the title character. He accepted the offer and we were good to go with a fantastic finale to the 2016 season."
Sweeney Todd is an infamous tale set in 19th century London, and centers around its title character, an unjustly exiled barber who is 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!
October 14 - October 29, 2016
113 Industrial Boulevard, C-3
Austin, TX, 78745
October 14 - 29, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays - Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, industry night Monday, October 26, 2016.
Tickets and information available via Austin Theatre Project website.