“Attend the Tale” of Sweeney Todd – The Musical Thriller Takes on a Fresh Look at Fabrefaction Theatre Company

Sweeney Todd at Atlanta's Fabrefaction Theatre

Diane R. Mitchell as Mrs. Lovett, Clint Thornton as Sweeney Todd and Lyndsay Ricketson as Johanna in Fabrefaction Theatre Company's Sweeney Todd. Photo by KVC Photography

Fabrefaction Theatre Company opens its second full season with a newly imagined retelling of the Tony Award winning musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Directed by Atlanta native and seasoned Broadway assistant director Alexander Greenfield, Sweeney Todd opens Thursday, October 27 and performs until Sunday, November 13, Thursday through Sunday. A special performance will be held on Monday, October 31 at 8 p.m. Show previews are Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike since its Broadway premiere in 1979, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism has been newly imagined by Fabrefaction Theatre Company. Director Greenfield’s Sweeney Todd surfaces as a ghostly reenactment of the exploits of the infamous barber and his unfortunate victims as told to his newly orphaned daughter, Johanna (Lyndsay Ricketson). Initially focusing his malevolence on the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife, his thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers. Sweeney Todd is a tale of retribution and, in essence, obsession.

“I hope audiences leave the theatre satisfied in that special way that only live theatre can,” said Greenfield. “Our approach makes Johanna an integral and attentive participant in the entire show, but equally crucial is the active participation of our audiences and their imaginations. I’m excited to hear how diehard fans of the musical enjoy our approach to so many iconic moments, but I’m most excited to see the reactions of those that don’t know the show or have only encountered the film. They’re really in for a wild ride.”

The cast of Fabrefaction’s Sweeney Todd is equally up to the challenge of looking at an iconic musical in a fresh way. The cast includes Bryan Mercer as the villainous Judge Turpin. “I hope to bring an understanding to my role and how it relates to real life,” said Mercer. “Atlanta audiences are demanding more truth from theatre these days,” Clint Thornton, a veteran Atlanta actor portraying the role of Sweeney said. “Truth only comes from people coming together, and sometimes we just have to get out of the way of the music and allow the essence of the story to come through.”

“I think we are taking one of the most emotionally potent approaches to the material that any of us have ever encountered,” said Greenfield. “I loved the 2005 Broadway Revival, and even though we have a similarly small cast, we are going about things very differently. I think the results are going to be pretty special. There has never been a more personal or intimate reason to ‘attend the tale.’”

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street performs at Fabrefaction Theatre Company October 25 through November 13. The theatre is located in West Midtown at 999 Brady Avenue. Tickets range from $15 to $30 and all seating is general admission. For more information on show times and tickets please visit http://www.fabrefaction.org/ or call the Box Office at 404-876-9468.