SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

Genre: Musical
by Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim, Directed by Dana Tarantino

 John Jay College and the APACHE Project will present Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at 899 Tenth Avenue (between 58th and 59th Streets).    

Dana Tarantino directs Stephen Sondheim’s riveting masterpiece — a story of obsession and revenge, lush songs, and Grand Guignol gore and melodrama.  It’s a captivating story of betrayal, vengeance, madness, and murder. When Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, returns to London after years of wrongful imprisonment, he vows to take revenge on the malevolent judge who destroyed his life. He schemes with Mrs. Lovett, an enterprising culinary accomplice, and his descent into ruthless retribution and madness begins. Sondheim's score to Sweeney Todd is one of his most complex to date, relying heavily on counterpoint and rich, angular harmonies.

The production features a multi-talented cast of 29 from John Jay and the other participating colleges of the New York Arts Program from New York to Santa Fe.  The cast is joined by some special guest artists, such as Broadway actress Meghan Duffy (Mrs. Lovett), Chandler Bishop (Sweeney Todd), and noted soprano Janet Momjian (Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker).  Other guest artists include: Douglas Manes as (Judge Turpin).

Tarantino’s creative team includes Nicholas G.M. Ross (conductor/musical director), Jad Bernardo (vocal director), Julia Noulin-Merat (set design), Lucrecia Briceno (lighting design), and Joanne Haas (costume design).
 
Performances run December 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, at 8:00 p.m. There is also a Wednesday matinee (December 8) at 2:00 PM at John Jay College’s Gerald W. Lynch Theater at 899 Tenth Avenue (between 58th and 59th Streets).  

General admission is $20, and $10 for college students with a valid ID.  Tickets can be obtained at the door on performance nights or by making reservations at apachetickets@verizon.net or by calling 212-695-6908.

About the APACHE Project:

SWEENEY TODD  marks the third APACHE Project at John Jay College.  APACHE is the acronym for Arts Partnership and Collaborative in Higher Education, and is a collaborative initiative between John Jay College and the colleges participating in the New York Arts Program. The APACHE Project is designed to promote a collaboration of performing artists from diverse communities while creating an arts in education program that fosters cultural diversity. In 2007, APACHE presented the 50th anniversary of West Side Story; and in 2009, Stephen Guirgis’ The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot.  


 


About the Company: Gerald W. Lynch Theater

 Since opening its doors in 1988, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater has been an invaluable cultural resource for John Jay College and the larger New York City community.    

 The Theater has hosted events in the Lincoln Center Festival since its first season in 1996, as well as, New York City Opera, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre/Ailey II, Cedar Lake Ensemble and Na-Ni Chen Dance Company. The Theater has also been the site of many television and film specials including A&E’s Live by Request, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Robert Klein in Concert and VH1’s Soundtrack Live.   Since opening its doors in 1988, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater has been an invaluable cultural resource for John Jay College and the larger New York City community.     

 

Open:   12/07/10
Close:   12/11/10

Schedule:
Performances run December 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, at 8:00 p.m. There is also a Wednesday matinee (December 8) at 2:00 PM
Theater:   Gerald W. Lynch Theater
Address:   899 Tenth Avenue
New York,
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Cost:-- General admission is $20; $10 for college students w/current valid ID or Call: at
Company: Gerald W. Lynch Theater         Official Web Site: www.jjay.cuny.edu/1789.php