The Toowoomba Choral Society will show Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street from 1 to 3 September. The musical about one of the world’s most infamous barbers will bring a touch of Victorian tragedy, intrigue, love, and dark humour to the Empire Theatre.

Watch as the once ordinary Sweeney Todd transforms into a murderous mad man in his all-consuming quest for revenge on the evil Judge Turpin and eventually the whole human race. Acquiring the help of his business associate, Mrs Lovett, the deadly duo enter a killing spree where the remaining evidence is baked into pies and served to the unsuspecting public.

Director Mary Quade said rehearsals are well underway and audiences could expect to be captivated by the musical thriller from Stephen Sondheim.

“It’s the type of musical where everyone thinks about this dark concept of murder, mayhem and people in pies, yet there’s so much more to it,” said Quade.

“There are so many great characters who bring these side stories into the plot and spin an amazing web of intrigue.”

Actor Kyle Dever said he was enjoying the challenge of bringing the brooding, dark character of Sweeney Todd to life.

“Sweeney is definitely one of my favourite musicals and I’ve had it on my performance bucket list for many years,” said Dever.

“The character itself suits my acting range; he’s so outlandish. It’s good to have a deep, dark and emotional character to delve into.”

Dever has appeared in many Toowoomba Choral Society and Empire Theatre shows during the past 12 years.

His highlight roles include Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls, Winkie General in Wizard of Oz, Mr Northbrook in Mary Poppins and Che in Evita.

The cast also features Vicki Bravery as Mrs Lovett (Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, Les Miserables, Annie, Evita), Justin Tamblyn as Anthony (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Wicked, Mary Poppins, Into the Woods), Shannon Gralow as Johanna (Cinderella, Sound of Music, Wicked, Mary Poppins, Into the Woods) and Jon Maskell as Judge Turpin (Opera Queensland – Candide, The Merry Widow, La Traviata).

Fans of the musical can expect to experience all of the classics like The Worst Pies in London, Johanna, By the Sea, Not While I’m Around, Green Finch and Linnet Bird and The Ballad of Sweeney Todd.

Tickets are available through the Empire Theatre Box Office.

See socials from Empire Theatre’s open day here.

 

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