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MOT does ‘Sweeney Todd’ November 16–24

Preview November 07, 2019 Encore Staff

DETROIT—Michigan Opera Theatre’s (MOT) 2019-20 opera season continues with Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Nov. 16-24 at the Detroit Opera House.

Considered one of the greatest pieces of musical theater of all time, the production features operatic singing, a thrilling story and dramatic special effects and costumes. It will be MOT’s first presentation of Sweeney Todd since 1985.

Sweeney Todd is the story of a barber out for revenge after being unjustly imprisoned by a judge who wanted to steal his wife. After returning to London, he teams up with Mrs. Lovett, a meat pie baker, in an insane partnership intended to bring him vengeance and her, riches. Though originally a Broadway musical, Sweeney Todd features operatic singing and is considered a crossover piece.

The production features steampunk costumes and elements from the original 1979 Broadway set, complete with a trap door barber chair. The cast includes notable stars in both opera and musical theater, including Stephen Powell in the title role, Tony award-winner Karen Ziemba as Mrs. Lovett and Tony and Emmy award-nominee Ron Raines, also famous as Alan Spaulding on CBS’s “Guiding Light” soap opera, as Judge Turpin. Ziemba is a Michigan native born in St. Joseph and later raised in Farmington Hills. The cast also includes Nathaniel Hackmann as Anthony Hope and Amy Owens as Johanna. It is conducted by Rob Fisher and directed by Ron Daniels.

It is sung in English with English supertitles. MOT will offer a free opera talk one hour before the performance.

Ticket prices range from $39 to $160. Tickets may be purchased online at www.MichiganOpera.org, by calling (313) 237-7464 or in person at the Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway, Detroit).

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