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  Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Stage 773

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave Chicago

One of Sondheim's most beloved pieces, based on the Victorian era serial, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical is a spine-chilling masterpiece of obsession, retribution and culinary curiosity telling the tale of London barber Benjamin Barker (Porchlight Artistic Associate David Girolmo). Torn from his family and exiled for 15 years on a miscarriage of justice, Barker returns home to a city as corrupt as when he left. Hell-bent on revenge after learning the agonizing fate of his wife and daughter, he assumes the guise of Sweeney Todd and takes up his razors to dish out a brutal recipe of justice with the help of infatuated and enterprising meat pie-maker Nellie Lovett (Porchlight Artistic Associate Rebecca Finnegan). Sweeney Todd is the latest collaboration between multi-Jeff Award-winners Michael Weber and Doug Peck who, together, brought Pal Joey and Assassins to the Porchlight stage, both productions being nominated for the Best Production - Musical Equity Jeff Award.

Thru - Nov 16, 2014



Price: $39-$45

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-327-5252

Running Time: 2hrs, 30mins; one intermission

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  Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Those satisfactions begin with Rebecca Finnegan's exceptionally tasty Nellie Lovett, a bespoke creation of fortitude, humor and vulnerability (most people have at least one of those) that is displayed to excellent effect in such famed and exquisite numbers as "Not While I'm Around," wherein the infamous baker is joined by her young and ill-fated apprentice, Tobias Ragg. He's quite beautifully sung by a seemingly guileless newcomer named Miles Blim, still a high school senior in Oak Park and a fellow with a talent and charm that might yet give fellow Oak Parker Tavi Gevinson a run for her money."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Porchlight’s all-Sondheim season began Tuesday night with a fiery, often revelatory production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” arguably Sondheim’s greatest work. And all I could think was: Sondheim probably cannot even imagine just how beautifully and insightfully this company deals with his work."
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Hedy Weiss


Gapers Block - Highly Recommended

"...Director Michael Weber and the Porchlight ensemble pull off an ambitious production. It's a small stage for such a large and legendary undertaking. The cast members give solid and stirring musical performances, with Rebecca Finnegan delivering an uproarious and voluptuous Nellie, cementing the production. She plays well with and against David Girolmo (Barker/Sweeney), whose baritone fills up the smaller space, but does not overpower it. Miles Blim, a high school senior, plays Toby with energy and charm. Doug Peck's musical direction and the five-person musical group do justice to the Sondheim music. This version of The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is an enjoyable performance, and moves along swiftly despite being a two-and-a-half-hour show."
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Alice Singleton


Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...The chief reasons to see this Sweeney are its two leads. Rebecca Finnegan, reprising the role she played in a separate Porchlight production a decade ago, eschews the cartoonish histrionics that are often associated with it (see Carter, Helena Bonham). Hers is the most grounded and credible take on Mrs. Lovett I've seen—sympathetic, even, despite her monstrous actions."
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Kris Vire


Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...Just as Porchlight's "Sweeney Todd" is a triumph of ensemble and staging, it also parades prize-worthy achievements in Jeffrey D. Kmiec's efficient multi-level set design, Bill Morey's rags-and-riches costumes and the imaginative lighting scheme devised by Greg Hofmann and Jess Goings. It's the stuff of a demonic thriller that grabs you by the throat. And it's razor sharp."
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Lawrence B. Johnson


Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...My favorite character in Hugh Wheeler's book was Nellie Lovett (Rebecca Finnegan). She had a great big heart, taking in poor Mr. Todd and young Tobias Ragg (Miles Blim), a simple-minded orphan. I just can't believe she chopped up dead people and put them in her pies. Disgusting! But you have to admit, Father, that it's not so different from our Eucharist. We eat the body and blood of Christ at mass, don't we? There was other Christian symbolism in the show, too, Father. Mrs. Lovett rubs ash on Mr. Todd's forehead, just like you did to me on Ash Wednesday."
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Barnaby Hughes


ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Doug Peck's orchestra produced the haunting music by Sondheim marvelously without overpowering the singers. The total production accomplished the proper atmosphere to fuel a scary gruesome musical. This production will satisfy lovers of Sweeney Todd as well as introduce newbies to Sondheim's work. Kudos to Porchlight for bravely mounting a fine Sweeney Todd."
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Tom Williams


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"... love the work of Stephen Sondheim! That is why it is very special that Porchlight Music Theatre is doing a “Season of Sondheim” to celebrate 20 years of bringing musicals to Chicago audiences. And what a production! “Sweeney Todd” is an almost opera written by Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, telling the story of a man sent to prison for a crime that he did not commit, Benjamin Barker, who returns for his retribution as “Sweeney Todd” (brilliantly brought to life by David Girolmo). While away, he lost his family, a wife and daughter, as well as his self-respect."
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Alan Bresloff


Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...Especially with Halloween lurking in the shadows, this is a perfect holiday production that begs to be seen. Unquestionably Porchlight Music Theatre’s magnum opus, Michael Weber has assembled a brilliantly talented cast, supported his production with some of Chicago’s finest musical and technical artistry and delivered an award-winning production of Sondheim’s musical classic that this city will be talking about for years to come. Audiences leaving Stage 773 will be heard exclaiming, “God, That’s Good!”"
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Colin Douglas


Huffington Post - Highly Recommended

"...The ensemble cast delivers Sondheim's difficult choral moments with cutthroat precision, thanks to music director Doug Peck. Standouts include Kelli Harrington as the Beggar Woman (what a voice!) and Kevin Webb as the weasily Adolfo Pirelli. Also, kudos to Javier Ferreira, who covered for the hopeful Anthony the night I saw it and gave a completely polished performance, even nailing the tricky "Ah, Miss" interlude."
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Robert Bullen


The Fourth Walsh - Recommended

"...This isn’t your mama’s musical. It’s your creepy cousin that enjoys his show tunes with a side of carnage. This musical is bloody funny! Just in time for Halloween, SWEENEY TODD is scary good!"
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Katy Walsh


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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.


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