Revenge Fuels "Sweeney Todd" at
MCCC's Kelsey Theatre May 29- June 7

5/5/09


Revenge is sweet -- and bloody! Patrick Andrae, center, is Sweeney Todd.
Also appearing are, from left, Joe Kraher, Margo Mangione, Robert Rodriguez, Kat Ross, Frank Hughes, Debbie Lingel, Cathy Liebars, Debbie Schrager, John Bergeron, Ethan Fishbane, Tom Bessellieu and Eric Wishnie. Not pictured: John Shanken-Kaye and Brooke Andrews.

The murderous barber obsessed with revenge is coming to Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre. Pierrot Productions presents "Sweeney Todd," the blockbuster musical that explores the darkest corners of human nature. Dates and show times are Fridays and Saturdays, May 29, 30, June 5 and 6 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, May 31 and June 7 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night show on May 29. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Combining Stephen Sondheim's compelling musical score with the twists, turns and gore of a murder mystery, "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" centers around Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after many years in exile. Barker learns from his new landlady, Mrs. Lovett, that his wife poisoned herself after being raped by Judge Turpin, the magistrate who unjustly sent Todd away. Todd's daughter, the lovely Johanna, now lives in misery as the ward of the evil judge. With the aid of Mrs. Lovett, Todd launches a bloodthirsty campaign to settle the score. None are safe from his wrath.

"Sweeny Todd" first came to Broadway in 1979 and garnered numerous Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Many revivals followed, including a 2005 return to Broadway and a 2007 film starring Johnny Depp.

The cast features Patrick Andrae as Sweeney Todd, John Bergeron as Pirelli/Fogg, Tom Bessellieu as Beadle, Ethan Fishbane as Tobias, Frank Hughes as Anthony, Cathy Liebars as Lucy, Debbie Lingel as Johanna, Debbie Schrager as Mrs. Lovett, and John Shanken-Kaye as Turpin. Ensemble members include Brooke Andrews of Lebanon, Joe Kraher of Bensalem, PA, Margo Mangione of Maple Shade, Robert Rodriguez of Hamilton, Kat Ross of Langhorne, PA, and Eric Wishnie of Morrisville, PA.
The show is directed by Peter LaBriola of Pennington, with vocal direction by Pat Masterson of West Amwell and instrumental direction by Jamie Capes of Cranbury.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for students. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a listing of shows in Kelsey's summer series, visit the Kelsey website. (Note: Patrons who purchase the four-show series save over 40% off the single ticket price.)

For more on events at Kelsey Theatre visit:

Kelsey Summer Series
Ticket Information
Audition Information
Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops

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