Friday, April 4, 2008

SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street



SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, will make its Atlanta premiere at The Fabulous Fox Theatre for a limited one-week engagement beginning May 27 through June 1, presented by Fidelity Investments Broadway Across America – Atlanta as part of its 2008 season. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for SWEENEY TODD cost $19 – $55 and are available through authorized ticket sellers at The Fox Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, online at, or by phone at 404-817-8700. Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.

The performance schedule for SWEENEY TODD is:

Tuesday, May 27 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 28 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 29 8 p.m.
Friday, May 30 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 31 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 1 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

This exciting and innovative new production features a multi-talented ensemble of ten talented actor/musicians, five from the 2006 Tony Award winning company. The Wall Street Journal says, “The greatest musical of the past half-century has returned in a staging of the utmost force and originality!” and Time Out New York calls Doyle’s revival “the most addictively delicious dish on Broadway in years!”

Judy Kaye (Mrs. Lovett) and David Hess (Sweeney Todd) will be joined by Diana DiMarzio (Beggar Woman), Benjamin Eakeley (The Beadle), Benjamin Magnuson (Anthony), Steve McIntyre (Jonas Fogg), Lauren Molina (Johanna), and Elisa Winter (Standby for Johanna and Pirelli) who all appeared in the Broadway production of SWEENEY TODD. Also joining the touring cast are Edmund Bagnell (Tobias), Keith Buterbaugh (Judge Turpin), Katrina Yaukey (Pirelli), Edwin Cahill (Standby for Anthony, Tobias, The Beadle and Jonas Fogg), David Garry (Standby for Sweeney Todd, Judge Turpin and The Beadle) and Megan Loomis (Standby for Mrs. Lovett and Beggar Woman).

SWEENEY TODD is based on the 19th century legend of a London barber driven to a life of crime after a malevolent judge takes his wife and child from him. Sweeney’s plan for revenge includes a cutthroat partnership with Mrs. Lovett—an enterprising businesswoman—who is soon producing the tastiest meat pies in London.
Directed and designed by John Doyle, who won the 2006 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for this production, SWEENEY TODD features the music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond and music supervision and orchestrations by Sarah Travis who won a 2006 Tony Award for SWEENEY TODD. The creative team also includes lighting designer Richard Jones, and sound designer Dan Moses Schreier.

Doyle’s production of SWEENEY TODD opened on Broadway in 2005 to universal critical acclaim where it won the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Revival of a Musical, and was awarded a Special Citation by the New York Drama Critics Circle. It arrived on Broadway from a highly successful London engagement originally staged by the Watermill Theatre, which transferred first to the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End in July 2004 to wide critical acclaim, then to the New Ambassadors Theatre where it ran for a limited engagement that closed on February 5, 2005.

The original production of SWEENEY TODD opened on Broadway at the Uris Theatre (now the Gershwin) on March 1, 1979 in a production directed by Harold Prince. The musical won eight 1979 Tony Awards including Best Musical of the Year and ran for 557 performances.

JUDY KAYE appeared in Sweeney Todd on Broadway last summer as Mrs. Lovett. Her other Broadway credits include Phantom of the Opera (Tony Award, Drama Desk nomination); Mamma Mia! (Tony and Drama Desk nominations); On the Twentieth Century (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk nomination); Ragtime (Theatre LA Ovation Award); and Souvenir, A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Tony nomination and LA Ovation Award). She recently finished an acclaimed performance in Zorba for the Reprise Series in Los Angeles. Ms. Kaye has appeared with symphony orchestras around the world, and has sung at the White House twice.

DAVID HESS’s Broadway credits include Sweeney Todd and Annie Get Your Gun. He has appeared Off-Broadway in Lincoln Center's Dessa Rose, Prodigal, and Love in a Thirsty Land, and has been seen around the country in the first national tour of Ragtime. His regional theater credits include Jane Eyre (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Award, Goodman Choice Award), Grand Hotel (Barrymore nominee), Sweet Charity (Ben Payne nominee), and Shenandoah (Jeff Award). Mr. Hess has been seen on TV on “Dynasty,” “Dallas,” “One Life to Live,” “General Hospital,” “Young and the Restless,” and “The Guiding Light.”

SWEENEY TODD is produced by Thomas Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Ambassador Theatre Group, Adam Kenwright, Tulchin/Bartner/Bagert, and Live Nation.

For more information on SWEENEY TODD, please visit the tour website,

The Atlanta engagement of SWEENEY TODD is presented by arrangement with Broadway Across America-Atlanta. Broadway Across America-Atlanta proudly presents Broadway productions in Atlanta as a member of Broadway Across America. Broadway Across America-Atlanta thanks its sponsors for their continued support of the Series: The Georgian Terrace, as the Official Hotel, Sprint PCS as the Official Wireless Provider, Fidelity Investments and Publix.

Broadway Across America (Producer): Owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and led by Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman), Broadway Across America presents first-class touring Broadway musicals and plays, family productions and other live events throughout a network of 42 North American cities. Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse live theatre for productions on Broadway, across America and throughout the world. Current productions include A CATERED AFFAIR, PASSING STRANGE, SPAMALOT, GO DIEGO GO and THE BACKYARDIGANS. For more information or to purchase tickets through an authorized agent go to

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