Palm Beach Dramaworks Presents: Sweeney Todd
When it comes to theatrical time travel, a bit of murder, mayhem and exquisitely beautiful music can be just the ticket. Palm Beach Dramaworks’ just-opened production of “Sweeney Todd” puts the lie to the notion that excellent musical theater is a seasonal thing in South Florida.
The company’s version of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1979 Tony Award-winning show isn’t merely good: It’s great. This exemplary production is deeply affecting, gloriously sung and acted, staged with steampunk style and an eye toward underscoring the relationship between a vengeful Victorian-era barber and an opportunistic maker of meat pies.
Director Clive Cholerton and star Shane Tanner give us a Sweeney Todd who returns to London after 15 years in an Australian prison determined to find the wife and daughter stolen from him by a corrupt judge.
“Sweeney Todd” runs through Aug. 6 at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., in West Palm Beach. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday, and 7 p.m. some Sundays. Tickets cost $67 ($15 for students; theatergoers 18 to 40 pay their age). To order, call 561-514-4042 or go to PalmBeachDramaworks.org.