The Media Theatre, located at 104 E. State St. in Media, has "Sweeney Todd" as its 2018-19 Broadway Series Season opener through Oct. 28.
Directed by the theater's artistic director, Jesse Cline, the show features a cast of professional actors from New York City, Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Ben Kapilow music directs.
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is the show's actual title, and its quite fitting for a musical that has become a thrilling theatrical treat around the world.
The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the show opened on Broadway in 1979. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, it is based on a 1973 play by Christopher Bond.
"Sweeney Todd" is an unjustly exiled barber, who returns to 19th century London to seek revenge upon the judge who had him framed. He meets Mrs. Lovett, the proprietress of a failing pie shop and opens a new barber shop above her establishment. Her pies suddenly begin to sell after she begins working with Todd to add an interesting ingredient into her meat pies.
The show includes the songs "Not While I'm Around," "Johanna" and "Pretty Women." It was adapted into a major motion picture in 2007 starring Johnny Depp.
The Media Theatre's production features Douglas Ladnier as Sweeney Todd. Ladnier appeared on Broadway in "Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical" and was in the national tours of "Into The Woods" and "A Christmas Carol." He has performed at The Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Music Theatre of Wichita, The Geffen Playhouse and Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. He has been in productions of "Sweeney Todd," "Gigi," "Dracula," "Phantom," "Chess," "The Sound of Music" and "The Desert Song," as well as other well known titles. He had a recurring role in "All My Children" on ABC.
Mrs. Lovett will be played by Jenny Lee Stern. She recently appeared at The Media Theatre as Patsy Cline in "Always, Patsy Cline." Her Broadway credits include the original cast of "Rocky: The Musical" and "A Christmas Story." She played the role of Mary Delgado in the national tour of "Jersey Boys." Off-Broadway she appeared in "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking," garnering critical acclaim for her portrayals of Judy Garland, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters and Sutton Foster. She frequently cameos as Guest Diva in Forbidden Broadway's latest installment, "Spamilton." She has been seen at The Walnut Street Theatre and The Montgomery Theatre.
For tickets to the production, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.