Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

AUGUST 12 – 18

The Broadway legend and American musical masterpiece makes its Muny debut. Set in 19th century London, Sweeney Todd has captivated audiences around the world with its dark wit, murderous melodies and haunting tale of love, revenge and mayhem. Considered to be one of composer Stephen Sondheim’s greatest showpieces, this eight-time Tony Award-winning thriller features hair-raising favorites, including “The Worst Pies in London,” “A Little Priest” and “Johanna.” With this Muny premiere, audiences are guaranteed an unforgettable evening in the barber chair.

Muny Premiere!

Performances begin at 8:15 p.m.

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Creative Team

Rob Ruggiero

Director

The Muny: 1776, Gypsy (starring Beth Leavel), as well as past productions of The Music Man, Oklahoma!; Hello, Dolly!; South Pacific and The King and I. He has also directed many award-winning productions at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, including Follies, Sunday in the Park with George and the recent production of Evita. Broadway: High and Looped. Off-Broadway he conceived and directed Make Me a Song (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations). Rob also recently directed Oliver!, his 11th collaboration with Goodspeed Musicals, with whom he also adapted and directed a new version of Show Boat. He is the Producing Artistic Director for TheaterWorks in Hartford, Connecticut.

Jessica Hartman

Associate Director / Musical Staging

Jessica Hartman is thrilled to return for The Muny for her 7th show after choreographing Footloose (2019), Annie (2018), All Shook Up (2017), Mamma Mia! (2016); Hairspray (2015/Co-Choreographer) and Seussical (2014/Associate). Broadway: Lysistrata Jones (Associate Choreographer), The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman (Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain). Off-Broadway: Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! (Choreographer, New Victory Theater). Other credits include: A Chorus LineMemphis, Mamma Mia! (Choreographer, TUTS); Norwegian Creative Studios (Choreographer), Disney Jr. Dance Party (Associate Show Director/Choreographer), Universal Studios/The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Associate). Up next: A new Mo Willems musical for The Kennedy Center and national tour/concert for the United States Air Force. Jessica is the Artistic Director of Broadway Theatre Connection and a proud member of SDC. JessHartman.com

James Moore

Music Director / Conductor

Muny: 1776GypsyThe Music ManHoliday InnHello, Dolly!West Side StoryMeet Me In St. LouisThe Producers. Broadway: Miss SaigonGigiOn the TownFolliesSouth PacificRagtimeSteel PierCompany. National tours: The ProducersKiss Me, KateCrazy for YouThe World Goes ‘Round – The Songs of Kander and Ebb. The Kennedy Center: Mame (starring Christine Baranski), The Music Man (starring Norm Lewis and Jessie Mueller), Camelot (starring Brian Stokes Mitchell), My Fair Lady (starring Jonathan Pryce). Regional: Signature Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse. Recordings: On the TownFollies. Music Supervisor for the North American touring productions of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. Upcoming: Titanic (Broadway). Mr. Moore holds master and bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Show Guidelines

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a legendary masterpiece of American musical theatre and one of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s crowning Broadway achievements. It has captivated audiences around the world with its dark wit, murderous melodies and haunting tale of love, revenge and mayhem.

Sweeney Todd is the infamous bloody tale of an unjustly exiled barber, who returns to 19th century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ruined the lives of his family. The road to revenge leads Sweeney to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing meat pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires a new ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up…and the outrageous carnage has only just begun!

This complex and melodramatic musical thriller is packed with a highly-entertaining, eccentric cast of characters. This eight-time Tony Award-winning thriller features hair-raising favorites, including “The Worst Pies in London,” “A Little Priest” and “Johanna.”

Sweeney Todd is classified as a “horror musical,” and best suited for older teens and adults.

Language

The words bloody, damn, hell, piss, shit and slut are used.

Sexual Innuendo

Three songs contain lyrics with references to sexual situations.

An older character has a sexual interest in a teenage character.

Drugs and Alcohol

Multiple characters, including a child, are shown drinking alcohol and one character is shown smoking.

Violence

The main character, Sweeney Todd, is a serial murderer. His crimes are dramatized throughout the show.

This show contains many onstage deaths involving razors and fake blood. There are many references to razors, blood and murder throughout the show.

Mrs. Lovett uses human meat in her pies that she sells as the show progresses.

During a song, a character flagellates himself with a whip to combat lust.

Mature Content

The rather complex plot explores the psychology of Sweeney’s murderous desires.

Mature content includes an implied rape, a woman’s attempt to poison herself and a mental asylum.