Broadway's William Michals and Dee Roscioli Bring Sweeney Todd to Life for Pennsylvania Shakespeare
By Kenneth Jones
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival opens a new production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's bloody musical Sweeney Todd June 15, with Broadway's William Michals as the "demon barber of Fleet Street" and Dee Roscioli as piemaker Mrs. Lovett.
Roscioli is an Easton, PA, native and a DeSales University graduate who has played Elphaba in Broadway's Wicked (as well as in the Chicago, San Francisco and national touring productions of the hit musical).
Michals appeared as Emile in Broadway's recent South Pacific and played the same role at PSF in summer 2011. Michals' credits include both the Beast and Gaston in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast, and the national tours of Les Misérables (Javert), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin) and The Music Man (Harold Hill).
Performances of the musical about revenge, murder and corruption in gaslight-era London play to July 1 on the Main Stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the DeSales University campus in Center Valley, PA. Previews played June 13 and 14.
Jonathan Tunick's original 1979 Broadway orchestrations are being used.
Dennis Razze, PSF's associate artistic director, directs a cast that also features Charlie Mann, James Stapb, Michele Sexton, Chris Coucill, Evan Harrington, Katie Wexler, David Garry, Dave Schoonover, Andrew Goebel, Paul Louis Lessard, Matt Kleckner, Mark Marano, Michael Miller, David Smith, Matt Bittner, John Cappelletti, Amanda Salvatore, Patti Lee Meringo, Sarah DeNight, Lauren Cupples, Lynn Flickinger and Kate Varley.
The creative team includes set designer Steve TenEyck, lighting designer Eric Haugen, costume designer Lisa Zinni, sound designer Matt Given and stage manager Robin Grady.
PSF's producing artistic director is Patrick Mulcahy.
The PSF 21st season also includes Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and King John, Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and two children’s plays, Shakespeare for Kids and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
For tickets and information, visit pashakespeare.org.
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