Prog Metal Version of Sweeney Todd Will Rock Out Again

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This summer the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. will remount the Landless Theatre Company's production of Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Prog Metal Version, the first ever rock orchestration of Stephen Sondheim's acclaimed musical.

Performances will run July 9-Aug. 2.

Written by a team of arrangers known as The Fleet Street Collective, Sweeney Todd - Prog Metal Version premiered in August 2014 as part of Landless Theatre's "Summer of Rock." The show was nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards, including Outstanding Musical.

The seven members of The Fleet Street Collective are DC-based metal musicians Lance LaRue, Ray Shaw and Alex Vallejo; Philadelphia-based world musician Spencer Blevins; UK composer and recent NYU musical theatre writing program graduate Andrew Siddle; LTC’s artistic director Andrew L. Baughman; and Charles W. Johnson, who serves as music supervisor and music director for the production.

"Our goal is to take Mr. Sondheim’s work and simply inject it into the prog-metal idiom," said LaRue in an earlier statement. "We’ve managed to preserve nearly every lyric and melody as originally written while 'progging' the orchestration. Sondheim fanatics will find it extremely familiar while the Prog-heads will feel right at home with the chunky 7-string guitar, double-kick drums and extended-range bass lines."

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