"Attend the Tale": Wolf Trap Sweeney Todd Presented July 22

News   "Attend the Tale": Wolf Trap Sweeney Todd Presented July 22
Wolf Trap Opera Company's production of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd is presented July 22 at 8:15 PM at the Filene Center in Vienna, VA.

Michael Anthony McGee
Michael Anthony McGee

Tara Faircloth directs a cast that includes Michael Anthony McGee as Sweeney Todd, Margaret Gawrysiak as Mrs. Lovett, Eric Barry as Anthony, Ashlyn Rust as Johanna, Edward Mout as Tobias Ragg, Kenneth Kellogg as Judge Turpin, Lindsay Amman as Beggar Woman, Nathaniel Peake as Pirelli and Dustin Lucas as Beadle Bamford.

Larry Blank conducts the National Symphony Orchestra.

The production also features projection design by S. Katy Tucker, costume design by Rooth Varland, scenic design by Jayme Mellema and lighting design by Mark Stanley.

"This musical thriller tells the tale of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years of imprisonment on false charges," according to press notes. "He learns that his wife poisoned herself and begins to exact revenge on the man he holds responsible. The Wolf Trap Opera Company tells this gripping story in a fully staged production, featuring a new Operascape video projection design. The National Symphony Orchestra is onstage, bringing Sondheim’s score to life in vivid and powerful detail."

Considered one of Sondheim's masterpieces, Sweeney Todd originally premiered at Broadway's Uris Theatre on Feb. 6, 1979, with a cast led by Len Cariou (Sweeney) and Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Lovett), who both nabbed Tony Awards for their roles. Harold Prince directed the production, which was awarded the 1979 Tony for Best Musical. A 1989 revival at Circle in the Square Theatre featured Beauty and the Beast's Beth Fowler as Mrs. Lovett and former Evita star Bob Gunton as the man who returns to London to avenge the death of his wife. Another major production of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler work, which is based on a version of "Sweeney Todd" by Christopher Bond, was the Kennedy Center mounting, which starred Brian Stokes Mitchell and Christine Baranski. A concert presentation of the musical, directed by Lonny Price and led by Tony winners George Hearn and Patti LuPone, confirmed the strength of Sondheim's score, which boasts such tunes as "The Worst Pies in London," "Johanna," "Pretty Women," "A Little Priest," "By the Sea" and "Not While I'm Around." Michael Cerveris and LuPone starred in the most recent Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, which was directed by Tony winner John Doyle. The film version starred Johnny Depp.

For ticket information visit www.wolftrap.org.

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