McCarthy and Harris Slash Into Sweeney Todd at Barrington Stage June 17

News   McCarthy and Harris Slash Into Sweeney Todd at Barrington Stage June 17 Tony Award-winning actress Harriet Harris and Jeff McCarthy are out for blood in the Barrington Stage Company production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd, beginning June 17.
Jeff McCarthy
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Artistic director Julianne Boyd helms the epic musical about a villainous barber and his pie-making accomplice that will officially open June 23 and run through July 17.

McCarthy (The Pirate Queen, Side Show, Urinetown) stars in the title role with Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cry-Baby) as Mrs. Lovett. The cast also features Ed Dixon (Sunday in the Park With George, The Scarlet Pimpernel) as Judge Turpin, Tim Shew (Wonderful Town, Les Misérables) as Beadle Bamford, Christianne Tisdale (Beauty and the Beast) as the Beggar Woman, Shonn Wiley (Mud Donahue and Son, 42nd Street) as Anthony, Branch Woodman as Pirelli, Sarah Stevens as Johanna and Zachary Clause as Tobias.

The Sweeney ensemble includes Traci Bair, Paul Betz, Analisa Leaming, Ailsa May, John Rapson, Jaime Rosenstein, Amanda Salvatore, Billy Shaw and Allan Snyder.

Darren Cohen musical directs a nine-piece orchestra for the Barrington run. Designing the production are Wilson Chin (scenic design), Jen Moeller (costume design), Phillip S. Rosenberg (lighting design) and Ed Chapman (sound design).

Sweeney Todd, considered by many to be Sondheim's masterwork, features a book by Wheeler. The original production, helmed by Harold Prince, was set in a vast foundry, depicting the effects of the industrial revolution on humanity. It won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it premiered on Broadway in 1979 starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury. The most recent Broadway revival, in 2005, directed by John Doyle, featured a reduced cast, all of whom played instruments as well as their respective roles. This production, starring Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone, was reconceived in an insane asylum and earned two Tony Awards. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter starred in the film adaptation under the direction of Tim Burton.

For tickets phone (413) 236-8888 or visit BarringtonStageCo.

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Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was co-founded in 1995 by artistic director Julianne Boyd. Barrington Stage's mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre — especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention with William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's Tony Award-winning musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which began as a workshop at Barrington Stage in February 2004, was produced in its world premiere to critical acclaim that summer, and later transferred to Broadway's Circle-in-the-Square Theatre where it played more than 1,000 performances.

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