Casting Announced for Wolf Trap Sweeney Todd

News   Casting Announced for Wolf Trap Sweeney Todd
 
Casting has been announced for Wolf Trap Opera Company's upcoming production of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical, Sweeney Todd, which will be presented July 22 at 8:15 PM at the Filene Center.

Tara Faircloth will direct a cast that includes Michael Anthony McGee as Sweeney Todd, Margaret Gawrysiak as Mrs. Lovett, Eric Barry as Anthony, Ashlyn Rust as Johanna, Edward Mout as Tobias Ragg, Kenneth Kellogg as Judge Turpin, Lindsay Amman as Beggar Woman, Nathaniel Peake as Pirelli and Dustin Lucas as Beadle Bamford.

James Moore will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra.

The production will also feature projection design by S. Katy Tucker, costume design by Rooth Varland and scenic design by Jayme Mellema.

Considered one of Sondheim's masterpieces, Sweeney Todd originally premiered at Broadway's Uris Theatre on Feb. 6, 1979, with a cast led by Len Cariou (Sweeney) and Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Lovett), who both nabbed Tony Awards for their roles. Harold Prince directed the production, which was awarded the 1979 Tony for Best Musical. A 1989 revival at Circle in the Square Theatre featured Beauty and the Beast's Beth Fowler as Mrs. Lovett and former Evita star Bob Gunton as the man who returns to London to avenge the death of his wife.

Another major production of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler work, which is based on a version of "Sweeney Todd" by Christopher Bond, was the Kennedy Center mounting, which starred Brian Stokes Mitchell and Christine Baranski. A concert presentation of the musical, directed by Lonny Price and led by Tony winners George Hearn and Patti LuPone, confirmed the strength of Sondheim's score, which boasts such tunes as "The Worst Pies in London," "Johanna," "Pretty Women," "A Little Priest," "By the Sea" and "Not While I'm Around." Michael Cerveris and LuPone starred in the most recent Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, which was directed by Tony winner John Doyle. The film version starred Johnny Depp. For ticket information visit www.wolftrap.org.

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