Sunday, January 17, 2021

York's "Show (+ Tell!)": Sweeney Todd Panel, Tuesday, January 19th at 7PM! 






York Theatre Company Mainstage Production, Church of the Heavenly Rest, 1989

Broadway Transfer, Circle in the Square, 1989-1990


Music & Lyrics by

Stephen Sondheim

Book by 

Hugh Wheeler


Directed by

Susan H. Schulman

Music Direction by

David Krane

Join us as we revisit the 1989 York Mainstage Revival of the 1979 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond.


Presented by The York, Sweeney Todd received its first New York revival production at The Church

of the Heavenly Rest on March 31, 1989 where it continued through April 29, 1989. Upon receiving critical acclaim, the production transferred to Broadway where it played 188 performances at Circle in the Square from September 14, 1989 through February 25, 1990. The Circle in the Square production received 4 Tony Award nominations. The production was referred to as "Teeny Todd" when parodied by the Off-Broadway revue Forbidden Broadway.


The cast featured Broadway veterans Bob Gunton as The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Beth Fowler as the conniving Mrs. Lovett (pictured above; photo credit Martha Swope.)


Sweeney Todd has become a worldwide success. Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up...and the carnage has only just begun!


York’s James Morgan and theater historian Charles Wright will be joined by Paul Libin (producer), Susan H. Schulman (director), David Krane (music director), Beba Shamash (costume designer), Mary Jo Dondlinger (lighting designer), Perry Cline (Production Stage Manager), and cast members Bob Gunton, Beth Fowler, SuEllen Estey, Ted Keegan, Eddie Korbich, Annie McGreevey, and Jim Walton.



This is a panel discussion of The York / Circle in the Square

production, NOT a performance



Tuesday, January 19th at 7:00PM


Available on The York's YouTube Channel:




An Evening of New Musical Theater at The York

Friday, January 22nd at 7PM


Join Seth Christenfeld, York's Literary Manager,

for a special first-look presentation of material from

a new work in progress.


Available on the York's YouTube Channel: