Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley in Sweeney Todd

Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley in Sweeney Todd

The pre-eminent leading man of Australian musical theatre, Anthony Warlow, will be joined by one of Australia’s best-known stage and screen performers, Gina Riley, when the pair join forces in this spectacular re-imagined concert version of the musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Warlow – Australia’s original Phantom – is set to play the powerhouse ‘demon barber’ Sweeney Todd, while Gina Riley plays landlady and pie-shop owner Mrs. Lovett in a new concert production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1979 musical masterpiece, playing Sydney and Melbourne in June for six performances only per city.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s ground-breaking work, the production transports audiences into the atmospheric underbelly of 19th century London as the exiled barber Sweeney Todd enacts revenge on those who have wronged him.

The chance for the Warlow to play the electrifying role is a dream come true.

“I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to submerge myself in Stephen Sondheim’s master score for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” says Anthony Warlow. “This gift of a role, one I have coveted for so long, has finally arrived. I look forward to adding Mr. Todd to the illustrious canon of characters I have had the privilege of playing over the years.”

Anthony Warlow made his professional debut in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1980.

His career has been rich and varied, including Enjolras in the Australian premiere production of Les Misérables; the title role of the Phantom in the record-breaking The Phantom of the Opera; Archie Craven in The Secret Garden; “Daddy” Warbucks in Annie, in Australia and for his 2013 Broadway debut; and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. In 2010, Warlow created the role of Dr Yurii Thiago in the Australian premiere of Doctor Zhivago.

In 2015, he starred in Man of La Mancha for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington for which he won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. Later that year, Warlow replaced Kelsey Grammar in the Broadway production of Finding Neverland, playing the roles of Charles Frohman and Captain Hook.

Gina Riley, playing the tragi-comic role of pie-maker Mrs Lovett, is best known for the hit TV comedy series Kath & Kim. Riley is an accomplished writer, actor, singer, comedian and producer. She recently appeared in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband for Melbourne Theatre Company. Her musical theatre credits include Matron Mama Morton in Chicago; The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods; Merrily We Roll Along, Falsettos and the role of Janet in The New Rocky Horror Show.

Produced by TEG Life Like Company, known for its productions of The Light in the Piazza, City of Angels and Passion, this brand new staging of Sweeney Todd will reunite the creative team led by Director, Theresa Borg and Musical Director, Vanessa Scammell.

Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 1979 and in London’s West End in 1980. The musical thriller, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Hugh Wheeler, has seen numerous revivals worldwide by opera and theatre companies as well as Tim Burton’s 2007 film adaptation starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. The story, inspired by a tale serialised in a Penny Dreadful in 1846-47, centres on the unjustly exiled barber who returns to London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads to Mrs Lovett, the proprietor of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber shop. Desperate times lead Sweeney Todd to plot diabolical schemes against those who have wronged him.

BOOKING DETAILS

Telstra Thanks®Presale              Tuesday 19 February, 9am (Telstra customers only)
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General Public On Sale                Tuesday 26 February, 2pm

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SYDNEY

Where:                         Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney

Dates & Times:            Thursday 13 June, 7.30pm

                                     Friday 14 June, 7.30pm

                                     Saturday 15 June, 2.00pm and 7.30pm

                                     Sunday 16 June, 1.00pm and 5.30pm

Tickets:                        From $99 excluding booking fees

Bookings:                    Ticketek  https://premier.ticketek.com.au/

 

MELBOURNE

Where:                         Her Majesty’s Theatre, Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Dates & Times:            Thursday 20 June, 7.30pm

                                    Friday 21 June, 7.30pm

                                    Saturday 22 June, 2.00pm and 7.30pm

                                    Sunday 23 June, 1.00pm and 5.30pm

Tickets:                        From $99 excluding booking fees

Bookings:                    Ticketek  https://premier.ticketek.com.au/

For more information visit: www.lifelikecompany.com

ABOUT TEG LIFE LIKE COMPANY

TEG Life Like Company comes from a creative partnership that has been built over the course of 20 years. The company continues to grow a unique, independent arts organisation that entertains millions of people each year all over the world, with their productions touring the USA, Middle East, UK, Asia and Europe. Following on from their successful production of Passion in 2014, their Green Room Award-winning production of City of Angels in 2015 and The Light in the Piazza in 2016 at Arts Centre Melbourne, TEG Life Like Company is dedicated to utilising the outstanding talent in Australia to develop and present compelling and rare theatre that will challenge and create discussion, ultimately engaging and moving the audience.

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