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Sweeney Todd Opens Friday at Connecticut Theatre Company


Connecticut Theatre Company is opening their latest production, the musical thriller Sweeney Todd on Friday, Oct. 14th. The musical, with a book written by Hugh Wheeler and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim has been a musical theatre favorite since 1979. The show was turned into a movie released in 2007 starring Johnny Depp. The show tells the story of wrongfully imprisoned Benjamin Barker who adopts the name Sweeney Todd as he comes back to London to exact his revenge on those who hurt himself and his family. The dark comedy musical has shocked and delighted audiences across the world.

The play, directed by Duane Campbell of New Britain stars 23 local actors and actresses. Campbell states, “The intimate and historic space of The Repertory Theatre is a perfect setting for this thrilling musical. Audiences will feel immersed into victorian era London as the story unfolds.”

Connecticut Theatre Company, a non-profit theatre in residence at the Repertory Theatre, casts each show with tremendous local talent. Alex Kirstukas of Avon plays the title character of Sweeney Todd alongside Chelsea Derby of Manchester as the eccentric Mrs. Lovett. The pair are joined on stage by Hal Chernoff (Simsbury), Ryan Pipke (Wethersfield), Robert Melendez (Waterbury), David Nunner (Naugatuck), Katerina Belales (Southington), Jackie DeMaio (Glastonbury), Tullio Milani (Northford), Madelyn Badowski (Meriden), Patrick Beebe (Andover), Doug McCarthy (Torrington), Bobby Hannafey (Wallingford), Johanna Regan (Killingsworth), Iesha Moore Rose (Rocky Hill), Katie Harden (Farmington), Tess Pepper (Cheshire), Kristi Yurko (Bristol) and Dennis Hull, Anthony Lenczewski, Erin Campbell, Hannah Rubitz and Devin Orde (all from New Britain)

Sweeney Todd runs for three weekends, October 14th – October 30th. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm. (Please note, there is no Sunday matinee on October 16th.) Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at or bought at the door. All performances are held at the historic Repertory Theatre in New Britain.