The show arrives in Madrid after having performed in Barcelona for two seasons. The Albeniz Theatre, which had already presented a British production of the same play some years ago, is the location which has been chosen for the performance of this musical thriller, which opened November 18. As Mario Gas says: "Sweeney Todd is a show in the European style, because Sondheim was strongly influenced by musicians from the old continent." Sondheim himself attended one of the performances of his work in Barcelona and, as the director tells us, he said the Spanish team had worked wonderfully.
The musical part is under the direction of Manuel Gas (the Stage Director's brother). The score, originally played by twenty-five musicians, features only nine in this show, since the string instruments have been replaced with a synthesizer.
Sweeney Todd's story takes place in the dark gloomy environment of Victorian London, and it is about the alliance between a revengeful barber and an immoral pastrycook. Together, they will commit a series of crimes that will end up in an ingenious finale.
This is the play's first translation into Spanish (it was performed in Catalonian language in Barcelona, and a CD was recorded), their stars being Joan Crosas (who had done the role of Thenardier in Les Miserables, Madrid) as Sweeney Todd and Vicky Pena (whose last work in a musical was Golfus of Rome) as Mrs. Lovett. Sweeney Todd runs at the Albeniz Theatre, 11, Paz Street. Madrid. Tickets range from 2000 to 4000 spanish Pesetas. Box Office Phone: 902383333 ( only from Spain )
--By Carlos Lorenzo