October 5 ProMusica Presents “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
ProMusica Arizona’s 2013-2014 season begins with a staged concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Sondheim’s chilling masterpiece of murderous “barber-ism,” vengeance, and culinary crime is considered by musicologists to be his greatest work.
This production features barber Sweeney Todd and a resourceful pie shop proprietress who have customers clamoring for their mysterious new meat pies, blissfully ignorant of the creation process and the recipe. It tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him. In his barbershop above Mrs. Lovett’s pie shop, Todd’s thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers. Mrs. Lovett, the resourceful, comic proprietress of the pie shop downstairs, soon takes advantage of the barber’s deeds, and has the people of London lining up in droves to sample her new meat pies.
Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, “Sweeney Todd” nevertheless has a great sense of fun, mixing intense drama with funny moments of dark humor. Audiences find themselves laughing one moment and gasping in surprise the next.
ProMusica’s innovative performance is conceptually staged with costumes, props and platforms surrounding and throughout the orchestra during the entire performance. This uniquely staged production has been made possible in part through assistance from the Scottsdale Cultural Council and will be presented at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $50.