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SWEENEY TODD News Release: 9/27/2018

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September 27, 2018
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a cutthroat tale of retribution, is set to open on the Mainstage of Cumberland County Playhouse Friday, September 14 at 7:30 PM. “I’m so thrilled that we have the chance to perform this classic musical thriller for our guests,” says director Bryce McDonald. “It’s the perfect mixture of classic thriller elements to leave you on the edge of your seat, liberally spiced with charismatic wit and complemented by a remarkable score. Sweeney Todd may be one of our most deliciously spooky offerings yet.”
Sweeney Todd (Jason Ross, Boeing Boeing), formerly known as barber Benjamin Barker, was convicted on false charges and exiled to Australia by the corrupt Judge Turpin (Britt Hancock, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and his assistant Beadle Bamford (Brett Mutter, A Sanders Family Christmas). 15 years later, after being rescued at sea by the young sailor Anthony Hope (Blake Graham, Sleepy Hollow), Todd has returned to London hoping to be reunited with his wife and daughter. But when he arrives at his former home - now owned by Mrs. Lovett (Weslie Webster, The Mousetrap), a widow who runs a failing meat pie shop on the bottom floor - he learns that his wife poisoned herself and his daughter Johanna (Harli Cooper, Legally Blonde) is now the ward of the very judge who sent him away. Lovett recognizes Todd and allows him to reopen his barbershop upstairs. Todd and Lovett soon realize they have mutually profitable needs: his, a compulsion to seek revenge on those who wronged him and hers, a demand for cheap fresh meat. Complications arise when romance blossoms between Anthony and Todd’s estranged daughter, and the plot thickens even further as Todd faces a blackmail scheme from rival barber Pirelli (Daniel Black, Million Dollar Quartet), along with increasing suspicion from Lovett’s assistant Tobias (Ross Griffin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and a neighborhood Beggar Woman (Lauren Marshall, Legally Blonde). Will his collaboration with Mrs. Lovett succeed, or will their toothsome plot come at too high a price?
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a macabre musical masterpiece with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, based on the 1973 play by Christopher Bond. The Tony® Award-winning score is peppered with darker themes like the chilling “No Place Like London,” as well as the wickedly funny tunes, “The Worst Pies in London” and “A Little Priest.” The show’s Music Director is Ron Murphy and the Choreographer is Ashley Gentry (The Hunchback of Notre Dame).
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street runs September 14 through October 26. It’s sponsored by Uplands Village and is rated PG-13. Tickets may be reserved by calling (931) 484-5000 or visiting www.ccplayhouse.comTickets and information are also available for Southern Stars Symphonic Brass and other events. All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Playhouse media sponsor The Crossville Chronicle and Playhouse Season Partner Plateau Pediatrics.
Bryce McDonald, Producing Director
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