Pro­duc­tion of ‘Sweeney Todd’ to open new sea­son at Steel River Play­house.

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - From Beth McDon­nell

The 2018-2019 sea­son marks Steel River Play­house’s 10th Year An­niver­sary Sea­son at the Play­house. All sea­son long, we will be do­ing spe­cial events to cel­e­brate be­ing the Heart of High Street for 10 years!

Steel River Play­house proudly kicks off its 20182019 Sea­son with the smash hit “Sweeney Todd: The De­mon Bar­ber of Fleet Street, pre­mier­ing Oc­to­ber 5 to 21. This Tony Award win­ning Broad­way sen­sa­tion, cre­ated by Stephen Sond­heim (mu­sic and lyrics) and Hugh Wheeler (book), is con­sid­ered a mas­ter­piece of mu­sic and sus­pense.

Di­rec­tor John Mc­Graw and Mu­si­cal Di­rec­tor Julie Eurillo, bring to life the story of Sweeney Todd, the dark tale of a bar­ber un­justly im­pris­oned by cor­rupt Judge Turpin, who re­turns to 19th cen­tury Lon­don af­ter 15 years to take his re­venge on the man who took him from his wife and young daugh­ter. Todd’s need for vengeance be­comes in­dis­crim­i­nately mur­der­ous — and prof­itable — when he part­ners with the un­scrupu­lous Mrs. Lovett and opens his new bar­ber prac­tice above her fail­ing meat pie shop. With his busy straight ra­zors and her new se­cret in­gre­di­ent, their fame grows un­til Todd comes face to face with the judge. Can he avenge his fam­ily be­fore their das­tardly deeds are un­cov­ered?

Vet­er­ans and new com­ers round out the five star cast, breath­ing life into this thrillingly im­mer­sive mu­si­cal. Cap­tur­ing the char­ac­ters vi­vac­ity, Sweeney Todd stars Ben Fried as Sweeney Todd, Ali­cia Hupp­man as Mrs. Lovett, Doug Pratt as Judge Turpin, John Wil­liams as An­thony, and Madi­son Devlin as Jo­hanna. Along with the rest of the re­mark­able cast, first-rate live or­ches­tra and ex­cep­tional cre­ative team, to­gether they con­struct a pro­duc­tion you won’t soon for­get.

The 2018-2019 sea­son marks Steel River Play­house’s 10th Year An­niver­sary Sea­son at the Play­house. All sea­son long, we will be do­ing spe­cial events to cel­e­brate be­ing the Heart of High Street for 10 years! Join us Oct. 5 be­fore the show from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby for a free open­ing night party, com­plete with com­pli­men­tary meat pies from Grumpy’s Hand­carved Sand­wiches. Sweeney Todd: The De­mon Bar­ber of Fleet Street runs Oct. 5 to 21 at Steel River Play­house lo­cated at 245 East High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at www. steel­river.org or by call­ing the box of­fice at 610-970-1199. For group dis­counts please con­tact Beth McDon­nell, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and sales, at beth.mcdon­nell@steel­river.org.

PHOTO BY JOHN DAGGETT

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