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SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

Music & Lyrics by                    Book by 

Stephen Sondheim             Hugh Wheeler

Exclusive to Sydney and Melbourne – 6 performances only in each city.

13 – 16 June: Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney

20 – 23 June: Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne

Presale tickets available via Telstra Thanks® from 9.00am, Tuesday 19 February and general public on sale commences from 2.00pm, Tuesday 26 February via Ticketek

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 “Sweeney Todd is one of the most exciting and innovative musicals in the genre’s history…” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

The pre-eminent leading man of Australian musical theatre, Anthony Warlow, will be joined by one of Australia’s best-known stage and screen performers, the incomparable Gina Riley, when the pair join forces in this spectacular re-imagined concert version of the musical thriller SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Warlow – Australia’s original Phantom – is set to play the powerhouse ‘demon barber’ Sweeney Todd, while Gina Riley plays landlady Mrs. Lovett in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1979 musical masterpiece. Together they bring high-wattage star power to this unique new concert production playing Sydney and Melbourne in June for six performances only per city.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Sondheim’s ground-breaking work, the production transports audiences into the atmospheric underbelly of 19th century London as the exiled barber Sweeney Todd enacts revenge on those who have wronged him.

The chance for the consummate Warlow to play the electrifying role is a dream come true.

“I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to submerge myself in Stephen Sondheim’s master score for SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” says Anthony Warlow. “This gift of a role, one I have coveted for so long, has finally arrived. I look forward to adding Mr Todd to the illustrious canon of characters I have had the privilege of playing over the years.”

Anthony Warlow has lit up the musical theatre, opera and concert stage since his professional debut in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1980.

His stellar career has been rich and varied, including Enjolras in the Australian premiere production of Les Miserables, the title role of the Phantom in the record-breaking The Phantom of the Opera, Archie Craven in The Secret Garden, “Daddy” Warbucks in Annie, in Australia and for his 2013 Broadway debut, and his critically-lauded performance as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. In 2010, Warlow created the role of Dr Yurii Thiago in the Australian premiere of Doctor Zhivago.

In 2015, he starred in Man of La Mancha for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington for which he won the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. Later that year, Warlow replaced Kelsey Grammar in the Broadway production of Finding Neverland, playing the roles of Charles Frohman and Captain Hook.

The casting of Gina Riley in the tragi-comic role of pie-maker Mrs. Lovett is sure to be one of the most deliciously-dazzling theatrical turns of the year.

Best known for the hit TV comedy series Kath & Kim, Riley is an accomplished writer, actor, singer, comedian and producer. She recently appeared in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband for Melbourne Theatre Company. Her musical theatre credits include Matron Mama Moreton in Chicago; The Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods; Merrily We Roll Along, Falsettos and the role of Janet in The New Rocky Horror Show.

Produced by TEG Life Like Company, known for its acclaimed productions of The Light in the Piazza, City of Angels and Passion, this brand new and innovative staging of Sweeney Todd will reunite a stellar creative team led by Director, Theresa Borg and Musical Director, Vanessa Scammell.

With soaring arias of vengeance and yearning, the darkly-comic SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street combines the vocal power and sweep of opera with the aching humanity and truth of theatre.

Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 1979 and in London’s West End in 1980. The musical thriller, with music and lyrics by Sondheim, and book by Hugh Wheeler, has been numerous revivals worldwide by opera and theatre companies as well as Tim Burton’s 2007 film adaptation starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. The story, inspired by a tale serialised in a Penny Dreadful in 1846-47, centres on the unjustly exiled barber who returns to London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads to Mrs. Lovett, the proprietor of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber shop. Desperate times lead Sweeney Todd to plot diabolical schemes against those who have wronged him.

The bold and imaginative new concert version by TEG Life Like Company combines stunning visual effects, exquisite lighting, grisly mystery and menace. The orchestra is at the centre of the razor-sharp action. Fundamentally, this 40th anniversary concert production affirms the musical’s status as a star-power vehicle for resourceful, commanding performers at the top of their game.

BOOKING DETAILS

Telstra Thanks® Presale             Tuesday 19 February, 9.00am
                                                           
www.telstra.com.au/thanks

General Public On Sale                 Tuesday 26 February, 2.00pm

                                                            www.ticketek.com.au

SYDNEY

Where:                         Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney

Dates & Times:           Thursday 13 June, 7.30pm

                                      Friday 14 June, 7.30pm

                                      Saturday 15 June, 2.00pm and 7.30pm

                                      Sunday 16 June, 1.00pm and 5.30pm

Tickets:                        From $99 excluding booking fees

Bookings:                    Ticketek  https://premier.ticketek.com.au/

MELBOURNE

Where:                         Her Majesty’s Theatre, Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Dates & Times:           Thursday 20 June, 7.30pm

                                      Friday 21 June, 7.30pm

                                      Saturday 22 June, 2.00pm and 7.30pm

                                      Sunday 23 June, 1.00pm and 5.30pm

Tickets:                        From $99 excluding booking fees

Bookings:                    Ticketek https://premier.ticketek.com.au/

For more information visit: www.lifelikecompany.com