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Tony Award for Best Musical

With Broadway Headliners Dee Roscioli appearing as Mrs. Lovett
and William Michals in the title role.

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler

From an Adaptation by Christopher Bond
Originally Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Directed by Dennis Razze

JUNE 13- JULY 1 | MAIN STAGE

A Tony Award Winning masterpiece by Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd is a sophisticated and uncompromising musical thriller. An unjustly exiled barber returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and abducted his young wife. Sweeney's thirst for blood inspires Mrs. Lovett, the resourceful proprietor of the pie shop downstairs, who nurses secrets of her own. Mature content. PG14.

Sponsor:
Alvin H. Butz Inc.

Co-Sponsors:
Kathleen Kund Nolan & Timothy E. Nolan
Orlando Diefenderfer Electrical Contractors, Inc.

Extras:
Meet the actors for an informal talk-back following the performances on Thursday, June 21 and 28.

The Cast

Tobias Ragg:
Charlie Mann

Sweeney Todd:
William Michals*

Anthony Hope:
James Stapb

Beggar Woman:
Michele Sexton

Mrs. Lovett:
Dee Roscioli*

Judge Turpin:
Christopher Coucill*

The Beadle:
Evan Harrington*

Joanna:
Katie Wexler

Birdseller:
David Garry*

Adolfo Pirelli
Dave Schoonover*

Passerby:
Andrew Goebel

Jonas Fogg:
Paul Louis Lessard*

Company:
Matt Kleckner

Company:
Mark Marano

Company:
David A. Smith

Company:
Matt Bittner

Company:
Sarah DeNight

Company:
Lauren Cupples

Company:
Lynn Flickinger

Company:
Kate Varley

Direction & Design

Director:
Dennis Razze

Musical Director/Conductor:
Vincent Trovato

Set Designer:
Steve TenEyck

Lighting Designer:
Eric J. Haugen

Costume Designer:
Lisa Zinni

Wig and Make-Up Designer:
Martha Ruskai

Choreographer:
Erin Hurley

Stage Manager:
Robin Grady*

Producing Artistic Director:
Patrick Mulcahy

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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The Morning Call:

"Stephen Sondheim's most perfectly constructed musical."

"Broadway actor…Dee Roscioli is delicious and delectable…creating one of the most entertaining villains to be seen in recent years on an area stage."

"Laughs rang through…Labuda Center Theater"

"William Michals…has a powerhouse of a voice that echoes and resonates and captures the majesty of Sondheim's music."

"'Not While I'm Around' is a heart-wringer and full of poignant emotions."

Discover Lehigh Valley:

"We went to Broadway. The great part about it was we weren't stuck in hours of traffic, we didn't have to pay any tolls and best of all, parking was free! That's because we went to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival."

"A compelling performance that had 'Sweeney, Sweeney, Sweeney, Sweeney Todd' in my brain the entire weekend."

"The highlight of the performance for me was…every scene that Dee Roscioli was in as Mrs. Lovett."

"Much better than the movie."

East Penn Press:

"You'd have to go far to equal the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production."

"The event of Lehigh Valley summer music theater season. Broadway-bound theater-goers: Turn around and head to Labuda Center for the Arts."

"...Plunges the audience into the world of 19th-century London."

"PSF's 'Sweeney' has perfectly-cast leads with William Michals in the title role and Dee Roscioli as Mrs. Lovett."

"Roscioli…owns the stage"

"Revenge never tasted so good."

Philadelphia Inquirer:

"...Ripples with meaty ideas."

"William Michals, with long blond ponytail and a powerful, cutting voice, is a stirring Sweeney."

"Mrs. Lovett…is the superb Dee Roscioli."

"The effect is a knockout."

Reading Eagle

"Arguably the greatest of American musicals, Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" .. gets a rousing interpretation [at] PSF."

"Undeniably powerful."

"Razze endows the production with a splash of comedy it might not otherwise exude."

"Eric T. Haugen's lighting is impeccable, Lisa Zinni's costumes perfection and Matthew Given's sound appropriately chilling."