Photo Flash: First Look at David St. Louis, Annie Golden and More in PlayMakers' SWEENEY TODD
PlayMakers Repertory Company concludes its Mainstage Season with Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece "Sweeney Todd," onstage now through April 23. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
Music and lyrics for the "bloody great" musical, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a musical thriller," are by the legendary Sondheim, with a book written by Hugh Wheeler, from an adaptation by Christopher Bond. The show was originally directed on Broadway by Harold Prince with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick.
A brilliant tale of obsession and revenge, "Sweeney Todd" combines melodrama, murder -- and "the worst pies in London" -- with a sumptuous score. Murderous barber Sweeney and his culinary accomplice Mrs. Lovett take the audience on a spellbinding journey of soaring songs, comic turns and thrilling drama.
David St. Louis will play Sweeney Todd. He has appeared on Broadway in "Side Show," "Harlem Song," "Rent," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel."
Annie Golden, featured in Broadway hits such as "Violet," "On the Town" and "The Full Monty" will be Mrs. Lovett. She originated the role of Squeaky Fromme in the world premiere of Sondheim's "Assassins." Golden appears as Norma Romano in the hit Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black," for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award.
The company also features many of the cast members from PlayMakers' 2014 hit "Into the Woods," along with PlayMakers' favorites, such as Ray Dooley appearing as Judge Turpin and Brian Owen from "Peter and the Starcatcher" returning as Pirelli.
The production is helmed by director Jen Wineman. In addition to credits with the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) and Ars Nova, she has directed Off-Broadway, touring productions and theaters across the country, including "The 39 Steps" and "Shipwrecked! An Entertainment" for Greensboro's Triad Stage. Wineman is co-founder and former co-artistic director of New York City-based theater company Studio 42.
Mark Hartman is music director. He has led all of PlayMakers' Sondheim musicals, including "A Little Night Music," "Assassins" and "Into the Woods," as well as its production of "Cabaret." His Broadway credits include "Sondheim on Sondheim," "Avenue Q," "Miss Saigon" and "1776."
Performances will take place in the Paul Green Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road. Show times will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays and Saturday, April 9. For information and to purchase tickets, call (919) 962-7529 or visit playmakersrep.org. Individual ticket prices for "Sweeney Todd" start at $15.
Photo Credit: Jon Gardiner
Annie Golden and Company
David St. Louis and Brian Owen
Jade Arnold and Mya Ison
Brian Owen and Max Bitar