Sweeney Todd slashes its way to the Kentucky Center

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The national tour of John Doyle’s recent Tony Award®-winning Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, will play Louisville’s Kentucky Center from February 12-17, 2008. The touring production of Doyle’s revolutionary re-imagining of the musical – considered to be Sondheim’s masterpiece – will star Judy Kaye (Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!) as Mrs. Lovett and David Hess as the demon barber himself, Sweeney Todd. Tickets go on sale December 14 and can be purchased at the Kentucky Center box office (502-584-7777, 800-775-7777), at any Ticketmaster outlet (502-361-3100) or online at kentuckycenter.org or ticketmaster.com.

This exciting and innovative new production features a multi-talented ensemble of ten talented actor/musicians, five from the 2006 Tony Award winning Broadway company. 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 Doyle’s revival "The most addictively delicious dish on Broadway in years!"

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

Directed and designed by Doyle, who won the 2006 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for this production, SWEENEY TODD features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond and music supervision and orchestrations by Sarah Travis who won a 2006 Tony Award for SWEENEY TODD. The creative team includes lighting designer Richard Jones, and sound designer Dan Moses Schreier.

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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 originally staged by the Watermill Theatre, which transferred first to the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End in July 2004 to wide critical acclaim, then to the New Ambassadors Theatre where it ran for a limited engagement that closed on February 5, 2005.

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