The hit musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be staged at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica beginning Saturday, March 10 through April 7.
Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Morgan-Wixson, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
Sweeney Todd is a Broadway musical based on London’s urban legend with several stage adaptations dating as far back as 1847. Director Valerie Rachelle brings a dark re-imagining of the tale for a 21st century audience.
Set in the 18th century, Sweeney Todd is the tale of a man determined to seek vengeance. Framed and imprisoned by a corrupt judge whom he believes is responsible for the death of his beloved wife, Todd returns to London after being rescued by a sailor.
The sailor, Anthony, falls for the judge’s beautiful ward, in reality Todd’s daughter Johanna, who is smitten with Anthony. But Johanna is the subject of Judge Turpin’s vile lust, and he keeps her confined, intent on marrying her himself.
Todd, meanwhile, returns to his former profession of barbering, a means of pursuing his revenge wherein he can slit the throats of his enemies. Entering into a partnership with a new friend, the baker Mrs. Lovett, Todd’s victims become the stuffing of her enormously popular meat pies.
Music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, with Anne Gesling as musical director.
Tickets are $23 for general admission, or $18 for students and seniors.
Information, (310) 828-7519, or www.morgan-wixson.org.