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Sweeney Todd

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: A Musical Thriller

A bloody good story. Exiled by a corrupt judge, a wronged barber returns to Dickensian London to quench his thirst for vengeance.

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Music and Lyrics By Stephen Sondheim | Book by Hugh Wheeler
Sung in English with English supertitles


From an adaptation by Christopher Bond; Originally directed on Broadway by Harold Prince; Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick; Originally produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards in association with Dean and Judy Manos.

Reviews

A big, meaty triumph!

San Francisco Classical Voice

Lee Blakeley's grandly imagined production highlights the musical's ravishing power, mordant wit and insinuating psychological depth.

San Jose Mercury News

Brian Mulligan strides about the stage with terrifying vigor, fulminating with power and precision.

San Francisco Chronicle

Stephanie Blythe gave a magisterial, witty and engagingly dark-hued performance as Mrs. Lovett.... Saturday's performance was a landmark.

San Francisco Chronicle

There's no flinching from the extravagance of Sondheim's creation—the ferocity of its nightmare vision, or the untrammeled verbal and musical virtuosity with which he gives that vision flesh.

San Francisco Chronicle

Brian Mullgian's voice had a steely rawness that warmed up to a sinister seductiveness.... He made the audience see and hear the acid eating away at Sweeney.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Patrick Summers led a gripping orchestral performance.

San Jose Mercury News

Nothing was lacking in Stephanie Blythe's performance. Her voice is a marvel—large, resonant and beautifully modulated—and she makes Mrs. Lovett a superb comic creation.

San Jose Mercury News

Patrick Summers conducted with precision, drawing a precise, enveloping performance from the SF Opera Orchestra. From the initial blast of the organ (played by Simon Barry), the score sounded astonishingly rich and varied.

San Jose Mercury News

Baritone Elliot Madore was a lively and eager Anthony Hope.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Heidi Stober was vivid and vulnerable as the ingénue Johanna, Wayne Tigges as a rich-toned and aptly villainous Judge Turpin and tenor AJ Glueckert, sweet-voiced and oleaginous as Beadle Bamford.

San Francisco Chronicle

Matthew Grills gave a shatteringly fine performance as Tobias. His tender Act 2 number 'Not While I'm Around,' always an emotional high point of the show, sounded even more glorious on this occasion.

San Francisco Chronicle

David Curry made a deft Company debut as the barber and mountebank Pirelli.

San Francisco Chronicle

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Synopsis

Wrongly exiled by a corrupt judge, a 19th-century London barber exacts his grisly revenge with the help of a creative culinary accomplice.

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Cast & Creative

Cast
Sweeney Todd Brian Mulligan
Mrs. Lovett Stephanie Blythe
Johanna Heidi Stober
Beggar Woman Elizabeth Futral
Anthony Hope Elliot Madore *
Tobias Ragg Matthew Grills
Judge Turpin Wayne Tigges
Adolfo Pirelli David Curry *
Beadle Bamford AJ Glueckert

Performances

September 12, 15, 18, 20, 23, 26, 29 

Creative
Conductor Patrick Summers
Conductor James Lowe *1
Director Lee Blakeley *
Production Designer Tanya McCallin *
Lighting Designer Rick Fisher
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Choreographer Lorena Randi

1 September 26, 29 
* San Francisco Opera Debut

Co-production with Houston Grand Opera. This production premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet on April 22, 2011.

Company Premiere

Made Possible By

Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support this production. This production is also supported, in part, by Roberta and David Elliott and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Stober's and Mr. Mulligan's appearances are made possible by the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Emerging Stars Fund. Ms. Blythe’s appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund from Joan and David Traitel.

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