Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Slices its Way into the River Campus

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 31, 2008 – “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” will make its Cape Girardeau premiere at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall in the Cultural Arts Center at the Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.

This exciting and innovative new production features a multi-talented ensemble of 10 actors and musicians.  The Wall Street Journal says, “The greatest musical of the past half-century has returned in a staging of the utmost force and originality!” and Time Out New York calls John Doyle’s revival, “the most addictively delicious dish on Broadway in years!”

“Sweeney Todd” is based on the 19th century legend of a London barber driven to a life of crime after a malevolent judge takes his wife and child from him.  Todd’s plan for revenge includes a cutthroat partnership with Mrs. Lovett, an enterprising businesswoman, who is soon producing the tastiest meat pies in London.

This is the show that started it all, inspiring the movie staring Johnny Depp. 

“This musical production is so unique that the New York performers are required not only to belong to Actors Equity but also to the American Federation of Musicians. This means the members of the cast are very talented actors as well as musicians,” said Robert Cerchio, assistant director of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, who booked the event.

Doyle’s production of “Sweeney Todd” opened on Broadway in 2005 to universal critical acclaim where it won the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Revival of a Musical, and was awarded a Special Citation by the New York Drama Critics Circle.  It arrived on Broadway from a highly successful London engagement.

“Sweeney Todd” is produced by NETworks Presentations, LLC.  For more information on “Sweeney Todd,” visit the tour Web site, www.sweeneyontour.com.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265.  Tickets may also be purchased at all MetroTix outlets, online at metrotix.com, keyword “Sweeney Todd,” or by calling toll-free (800) 293-5949.