Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Written by:

Stephen Sondheim

Directed by:

Lisa Jackson-Schebetta

Musical Directions by:

Roger Zahab


Thursday, November 3, 2011 to Sunday, November 13, 2011

Show Times:

Tuesday - Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM

Sweeney Todd marks the first collaboration between Pitt Rep and the University’s Department of Music. The production involves more than 50 actors, set designers, and technicians and more than 60 Pitt musicians, who will provide the musical accompaniment to the dramatic story of a deranged barber who cuts his customers’ throats and then serves them as meat pies baked by his accomplice, Mrs. Lovett. 

Sweeney Todd will star Richard Teaster, director of the Pitt Men’s Glee Club, in the title role; local actor and Pitt teaching artist-in-residence Theo Allyn as Mrs. Lovett; and Pitt teaching artist-in-residence Andy Nagraj as Judge Turpin. A dozen undergraduate students round out the cast, whose members have been getting intensive training in dance and vocals, as well as physical workouts with a fight choreographer.

To view PRODUCTION PHOTOS, click here.


Making Meat Pies Video

A Close Shave Video


Director of Sweeney Todd, Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, appears on Theatre Talk with Sarah Ivins, one of our talent actors (and one of our bloggers too!).
Theo Allyn was lovably quirky as a young Carol Burnett in "Hollywood Arms" at Little Lake Theatre, and she brought a tremulous vulnerability to the performances she gave as a suspected kidnapper in "Violet Sharp" for Terra Nova Theatre Group. What then is she doing at the University of Pittsburgh as Nellie Lovett, a demented pastry baker who forms an alliance with a razor-wielding madman in Stephen Sondheim's musical thriller "Sweeney Todd"?
It's theater tradition to "attend the tale of Sweeney Todd," but in the upcoming University of Pittsburgh production, Mrs. Lovett gets her due as well. "I'm interested in that this woman should have sold those razors 10 years ago, and were it not for these razors, the character of Sweeney Todd could not have been created so quickly," said Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, who is directing her first Pitt Repertory Theatre production, which opens Thursday.