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PTC Presents Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

EVENTS – THEATRE
Press Release October 12 2018
For: IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Vreni Romang
801-581-7222

PIONEER THEATRE PRESENTS

SWEENEY TODD:

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

A Musical Thriller

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM

BOOK BY HUGH WHEELER

FROM AN ADAPTION BY CHRISTOPHER BOND

Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd…
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Just in time for the Halloween season, Pioneer Theatre Company presents the diabolical musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Hugh Wheeler based on an adaption by Christopher Bond.
The Tony-Award winning musical opens October 26, 2018 and runs through November 10, 2018.
Widely acknowledged as Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece, Sweeney Todd tells a dark tale of vengeance and murder, leavened with ghoulish humor, in Victorian London. Returning after being wrongly imprisoned, Sweeney vows revenge on the Judge who incarcerated him, and finds an unlikely ally in Mrs. Lovett, the owner of a struggling meat pie shop who finds a good use for Sweeney’s victims.
KEVIN EARLEY plays Sweeney Todd, returning to PTC after 2012’s A Christmas Carol: The Musical. Earley’s Broadway and National Tour credits include: Death Takes a Holiday, Les Misérables, Thoroughly Modern Millie and A Tale of Two Cities.
ANNE TOLPEGIN returns to PTC after Sting’s The Last Ship to perform as Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney’s accomplice and business partner. Tolpegin has appeared on Broadway in A Tale of Two Cities and Les Misérables as well as numerous Off-Broadway shows.
DELANEY WESTFALL, a Utah native, performs as Sweeney’s daughter, Johanna – a role she also performed Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre. Other roles include Kinky Boots and Side Show on Broadway, and a national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. JONATHAN SHEW, previously seen in last season’s Newsies, returns to PTC as Johanna’s love interest Anthony Hope. Shew also appeared on Broadway in Bandstand and the National Tour of Wicked.
JOE DELLGER returns to PTC, performing as Judge Turpin. At PTC he played Birling in An Inspector Calls, and on Broadway he was Father in Ragtime, The Coroner in Porgy and Bess, Magnus in Lestat and Herst in Scandalous.
ERIC SANTAGATA is The Beadle, after previously being in It Happened One Christmas, The Rocky Horror Show and Rent at PTC. Some Broadway credits include Falsettos, The Scottsboro Boys, Prince of Broadway, Bullets Over Broadway, Chaplin and The Apple Tree.
LAURA HALL plays The Beggar Woman. She is returning to PTC, having previously been seen in Something’s Afoot and A Christmas Carol: The Musical. She made her Broadway debut in Wonderland and toured with Diane Paulus’ revival of Pippin. Hall also toured for five years with the musical theatre sketch comedy group The Water Coolers. TV: “Shades of Blue” and “The Today Show.”
BLAKE STADNIK makes his PTC debut as Tobias Ragg. Other credits include the National Tours of 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), Newsies (Crutchie) and Les Misérables (Marius). Stadnik, a legally blind actor, is also an advocate for disabled artists.
LUCY ANDERS, JEFFERSON BEHAN, LENNY DANIEL, JAMES DONEGAN and MARY FANNING DRIGGS, comprise the remaining equity actors.
MICHELLE BLAKE, PAYTON BOWEN, PATRICK RYAN CASTLE,TIMOTHY AARON COOPER, CAMERON HOLZMAN and MEGAN SHENEFELT complete the ensemble.
Pioneer Theatre Company Artistic Director KAREN AZENBERG directs and choreographs this production. Azenberg is in her seventh season as Artistic Director and directed the regional premiere of Oslo this September. Last season she directed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Newsies, /i/ and In the Heights ­– Concert Version.
PHIL RENO returns to PTC after 2017’s The Will Rogers Follies: Life in Revue and Chess – Concert Version. Broadway productions include Something Rotten!, Promises, Promises, Elf-The Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, Thou Shalt Not, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance and Cats. His work can be heard on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack recordings of Something Rotten! and The Drowsy Chaperone cast albums.
GEORGE MAXWELL is the resident scenic designer. Maxwell has designed over 100 productions for the company. His most recent design was for 2017’s Newsies.
Resident Designer BRENDA VAN DER WIEL is designing the costumes for the show, returning after last season’s Mamma Mia!. She is also a part of the design faculty for the University of Utah Theatre Department and serves as head of the Performing Arts Design Program.
Lighting Designer PAUL MILLER continues his work at PTC, returning after last season’s Mamma Mia! and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. His Broadway credits include Amazing Grace, The Illusionists, Legally Blonde, Freshly Squeezed and Laughing Room Only.
SARAH SHIPPOBOTHAM is the dialect coach. Hair and Makeup Designer is AMANDA FRENCH; sound design is by PTC Resident Sound Designer ALLAN BRANSON.
PUBLICITY PHOTO SHOOT: There will be an on-stage publicity photo shoot on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at TBA. Please call Vreni Romang at 801-581-7222 to RSVP.
ADDITIONAL FILMING OPPORTUNITY: On Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 2:00 until 2:15 p.m. there will be opportunities for press to film a number, performed on the mainstage. Please call Kirsten Park at 801-581-6270 to RSVP.
MEDIA PHOTOS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD: High-resolution color photos of this production will be available for media use on the PTC website beginning Wednesday, October 17, 2018 after 3:00 p.m.
Go directly to http://www.pioneertheatre.org/press-room/media-photos/ to view the photos.
Photos from our off-site shoot can be found online. For hi-res versions, click here.
INTERVIEWS: Interviews with the cast and artistic staff are available. Call 801-581-7222.
WHO:
Pioneer Theatre Company
WHAT:
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
From an adaption by Christopher Bond
WHEN:
October 26 – November 10, 2018
TIMES:
Mondays – Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday matinees, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE:
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City
PRICES:
$44 – $66 in advance, and $5 more when purchased on the day of the show
Kids in grades K-12 are half-price on Mondays and Tuesdays
MORE INFO:
Box Office: 801-581-6961
Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon. – Fri.
www.pioneertheatre.org
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CAST:
LUCY ANDERS*……………………………………………………………..Ensemble
JEFFERSON BEHAN*………………………………….…………………Ensemble
MICHELLE BLAKE…………………………………………………………Ensemble
PAYTON BOWEN……………………………………………………………Ensemble
PATRICK RYAN CASTLE…………………………………………………Ensemble
TIMOTHY AARON COOPER……………………………………….…. Ensemble
LENNY DANIEL*………………………………..…. Ensemble/Dance Captain
JOE DELLGER*…………………………………………………………Judge Turpin
JAMES DONEGAN*……………………………….…….Pirelli/Fogg/Ensemble
MARY FANNING DRIGGS*…………………………………….………Ensemble
KEVIN EARLEY*……………………………………………………..Sweeney Todd
LAURA HALL*……………………………………………………….Beggar Woman
CAMERON HOLZMAN……………………………………….…………. Ensemble
ERIC SANTAGATA*………………………………………………….…..The Beadle
MEGAN SHENEFELT………………………………………………..….. Ensemble
JONATHAN SHEW*………………………………………….……..Anthony Hope
BLAKE STADNIK*……………………………………………………….Tobias Ragg
ANNE TOLPEGIN*…………………………………………………….…Mrs. Lovett
DELANEY WESTFALL*………………………………………………..…..Johanna
ARTISTIC TEAM:
Director/Choreographer………………………………………….Karen Azenberg
Associate Director/Choreographer…………………….…………Lenny Daniel
Music Director/Conductor……………………………………………….Phil Reno
Scenic Designer……………………………………………….……. George Maxwell
Costume Designer……………………………………………Brenda Van der Wiel
Lighting Designer…………………………………………….…………… Paul Miller
Sound Designer……………………………………………………….. Allan Branson
Hair and Makeup Designer……………………………..………Amanda French
Hair and Makeup Assistant…………………………………………………..ZJ Lee
Dialect Coach………………………………………………….Sarah Shippobotham
Production Stage Manager…………………………….…Becky Lynn Dawson*
Stage Manager…………………………………………………..…Mary P. Costello*
1st Assistant Stage Manager………………………………….…. Kallie Erickson
2nd Assistant Stage Manager……………………………………. Tahra Veasley
SDCF Observer………………………………………………………….Ryan Graytok
* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.