Sweeney Todd – Full Cast Announced

Sweeney Todd – Full Cast Announced

TEG Life Like Company has announced the full cast for their re-imagined concert version of the musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, playing Sydney and Melbourne  in June. 

Exiled barber Sweeney Todd will be played by quintessential leading man Anthony Warlow and the incomparable Gina Riley plays the tragi-comic role of pie-maker Mrs. Lovett.

Joining those previously announced stars, Debra Byrne (CATS, Les MisérablesSunset Boulevard, Mary Poppins) will appearin the role of the Beggar Woman; Michael Falzon (Evita, We Will Rock YouJesus Christ SuperstarRock of AgesChessHedwig and the Angry Inch) will play Pirelli; with bass baritone opera star Daniel Sumegi (Der Ring des Nibelungen (Melbourne, Seattle, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles), Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera, Seattle), Rigoletto and Billy Budd (Los Angeles), Salome (Israel, Washington, Hong Kong) and Die Meistersinger von NürnbergThe Magic FlutePearl Fishers, Luisa Miller, Lady Macbeth of MtsenskRigoletto and Eugene Onegin (Opera Australia) as Judge Turpin.

Other principle cast include Anton Berezin (Evita, Once, Wicked) as Beadle Bamford, Genevieve Kingsford (A Gentleman’s Guide…, The Light in the Piazza, Brigadoon) as Johanna Barker, Jonathan Hickey (The Light in the Piazza, Aspects of Love) as Tobias Ragg and Owen McCredie (Jersey Boys, You Will Be Found) as Anthony Hope.

The full company of Sweeney Todd features Susan Ann-Walker, Carrie Barr, Darcy Carroll, Amelia Christo, Ben Colley, Andrew Dunne, Nick Eynaud, Courtney Glass, Matt Heyward, Lauren Jimmieson, Megan Kozak, Sam Roberts-Smith, Sam Skuthorp, Tod Strike and Caroline Vercoe.

Sweeney Todd will be presented for six shows only in both Sydney and Melbourne from 13 to 23 June to celebrate the 40thanniversary of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s ground-breaking musical thriller that transports audiences into the atmospheric underbelly of 19th century London.

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.

The bold and imaginative new concert production by TEG Life Like Company combines stunning scenic design, exquisite lighting, beautiful costume design and the 22-piece orchestra is at the centre of the razor-sharp action. Fundamentally, this 40thanniversary production affirms the musical’s status as a star-power vehicle for resourceful, commanding performers at the top of their game.


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 6.30pm

Tickets:                       From $99 excluding booking fees

Bookings:                    Ticketek



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 6.30pm

Tickets:                        From $99 excluding booking fees

Bookings:                    Ticketek


For further information visit: www.lifelikecompany.com

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