New Jersey Stage

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sweeney Todd to play at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Phoenix Productions, an award-winning community theatre organization, will present Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, for two weekends at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank  from November 11th to November 20th.

Sweeney Todd, the musical thriller that may be Sondheim's crowning achievement, is a suspenseful masterpiece based on a true story of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge for the death of his wife, Lucy, and the kidnapping of his daughter, Johanna. Sophisticated and uncompromising, Sweeney Todd is full of black humor, mixing intense drama with hysterical moments.

The Phoenix Productions revival features a cast of 40 performers led by David Weitzer as Sweeney Todd, a man driven mad by his desire for revenge, and Alison Gleason as Mrs. Lovett, the quirky owner of a meat pie shop just below Todd's old barbershop. The supporting cast includes, John Sechrist as Anthony, Jessica Lopez as Johanna, Kathleen Marhold as Lucy, Michael Chartier as Turpin, Andrew Michelson as Beadle, Chris Cortes as Toby, Kent Sweeney as Fogg, and Mario Castro as Pirelli. The cast, production staff, and orchestra will recreate a stark London and demonstrates what "cutting edge" theatre is really about.

At the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Sweeney Todd will be performed November 11th, 12th, and 13th, and the following weekend, November 18th, 19th, and 20th. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8pm and Sunday matinees are at 3pm. Tickets, priced at $20 to $29, can be ordered by calling 732-747-0014.

Phoenix Productions, founded in 1987, is a non-profit community theatre organization based in Red Bank that has produced more than 100 revivals of hit Broadway musicals. More information is available at