Next to Normal's Louis Hobson Set for Portland Sweeney Todd; Aloysius Gigl, Michele Ragusa Also Cast
By Adam Hetrick
Aloysius Gigl, Gretchen Rumbaugh, Michele Ragusa and Louis Hobson will lead the cast of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd at Portland Center Stage, beginning Sept. 18.
Aristic director Chris Coleman will stage the dark, Tony-winning musical that officially opens Sept. 21 and will run through Oct. 21. It has a book by Wheeler and music and lyrics by Sondheim.
Gigl (Ragtime, Les Miserables, A Little Night Music) stars in the title role, with Portland favorite Rumbaugh (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Mrs. Lovett. Ragusa (Young Frankenstein) will portray the Beggar Woman with Hobson (Next to Normal, Bonnie & Clyde) as Anthony.
The cast also features Rita Markova, Eric Little, Matthew Alan Smith, Martin C. Hurt, Eric Scott Kincaid, Tim Smith, Bruce Blanchard, Matthew Hayward, Robert Koutras, Dru Rutledge, Nicole Tori and Leah Yorkston.
Sweeney Todd has scenic design by William Bloodgood, costume design by Jeff Cone, lighting design by Diane Ferry Williams, sound design by Casi Pacilio and musical direction by Rick Lewis.
The original production of Sweeney Todd won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it premiered on Broadway in 1979 starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury. The 2005 Broadway revival, directed by John Doyle, featured a reduced cast, all of whom played instruments as well as their respective roles.
For tickets visit PCS.org. Portland Center Stage performs at the Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Avenue in Portland, OR.
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