Attend the Tale: McCarthy and Harris Open in Sweeney Todd at Barrington Stage

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Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd, starring Tony Award-winning actress Harriet Harris and Jeff McCarthy, officially opens at the Barrington Stage Company June 23 after previews that began June 17.
Jeff McCarthy
Jeff McCarthy Photo by Kevin Sprague

The epic musical about a villainous barber on the prowl for bloody vengeance and his pie-making accomplice will run through July 17. Barrington artistic director Julianne Boyd directs the production.

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.


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.

Jeff McCarthy and Harriet Harris
Jeff McCarthy and Harriet Harris Photo by Kevin Sprague
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