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Fidelity Investments Sponsors Sweeney Todd Revival

Fidelity Investments will sponsor the revival of Stephen Sondheim's macabre classic Sweeney Todd, which will open at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Thursday, November 3rd following preview performances from Monday, October 3, 2005.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, the razor-wielding show centers on a barber who seeks revenge upon the man who defiled his wife and stole his daughter.  Sweeney hides his crimes with the help of the crafty Mrs. Lovett, who bakes "the worst pies in London" .  The production will feature Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris (Assassins, Titanic) in the title role, Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone (Anything Goes, Evita) as Mrs. Lovett, Ben Magnuson as Anthony, Donna Lynne Champlin (By Jeeves) as Pirelli/Fogg and Mark Jacoby (Show Boat) as Judge Turpin, among others.  As it was at its smash run at London's Watermill Theatre (and later at the West End's New Ambassador Theatre), the high-concept production will be helmed by John Doyle, who will have the performers playing instruments.

Fidelity Investments is a major sponsor of many prominent arts organizations including the Boston POPS, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Boston Ballet. Sweeney Todd marks Fidelity's first sponsorship of a Broadway production, and "extends the firm's commitment to the performing arts and to the New York metropolitan area," states a press article.  Tom Viertel, one of Sweeney Todd's producers added, "We are gratified and excited by our relationship with Fidelity Investments on this innovative production."  Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, The Ambassador Theatre Group and Maidstone Productions are the other producers.

The original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd opened at the Uris Theatre on March 1, 1979 with Angela Lansbury, Len Cariou and Victor Garber as stars. The ingeniously-staged production, which was the last of director Hal Prince's five great 70's collaborations with Stephen Sondheim, received 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical. A simplified production starring Bob Gunton and Beth Fowler ran at the Circle in the Square Theatre in 1989, and was dubbed Teeny Todd. A film version, directed by Sam Mendes, is currently in the works.

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