The pre-eminent leading man of Australian musical theatre, Anthony Warlow, will be joined by one of Australia’s best-known stage and screen performers, the incomparable Gina Riley, when the pair join forces in this spectacular re-imagined concert version of the musical thriller SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 1979 and in London’s West End in 1980. The musical thriller, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Hugh Wheeler, has seen numerous revivals worldwide by opera and theatre companies as well as Tim Burton’s 2007 film adaptation starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
The story, inspired by a tale serialised in a Penny Dreadful in 1846-47, centres on the unjustly exiled barber who returns to London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads to Mrs Lovett, the proprietor of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber shop. Desperate times lead Sweeney Todd to plot diabolical schemes against those who have wronged him.
The bold and imaginative new concert production by TEG Life Like Company combines stunning visual effects, exquisite lighting, grisly mystery, menace and the orchestra is at the centre of the razor-sharp action. Fundamentally, this 40th anniversary concert production affirms the musical’s status as a star-power vehicle for resourceful, commanding performers at the top of their game.