Cannibalism, blood, revenge and love all have one thing in common — Sweeney Todd.
In an adaptation created by Christopher Bond, PlayMakers Repertory Company will premiere the musical thriller, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Max Bitar, a 2015 UNC graduate, said the play is the best of both worlds, leading the audience through a wide range of emotions and keeping them on their toes.
“The great thing about this show is that it is a seamless blend of hysterical comedy, hysterical black comedy as well as intense melodrama,“ he said. “It is not going to be something that is just funny and light-hearted, but it’s also not going to be some heavy tragedy.”
The play consists of 20 performers and features actors from many different backgrounds ranging from Broadway to television.
Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch said the play’s diverse cast generates a wealth of talent to bring the musical to life.
“I have to say, in this case, we have an amazing combination of our own resident PlayMakers Company actors, graduate students from our professional training program, a number of undergrads and some fantastic local talent,” she said.
“We also have four guest artists coming from New York, as well as our two leads, David St. Louis and Annie Golden, two Broadway veterans who know their way around a Broadway musical.”
Benesch said the roles of Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett were the most sought-after roles.