- $12.50 for one ticket to see Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (up to a $35 value)
- When: Thursday, October 31, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Raue Center for the Arts
- Section: center general admission
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Set to a menacing yet playful score from Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street elicits chills and chuckles while also exploring the obsessive nature of revenge. As the curtain opens, exiled barber Sweeney Todd returns to London after 15 years. He quickly learns that the judge who banished him also raped his wife, thus driving her to suicide. Overcome with grief and hatred, Todd swears vengeance against those who wronged him, but his ire soon moves from the guilty parties to all of humanity. He begins murdering customers at his barber shop, then—seeking a way to dispose of the bodies—allies with Mrs. Lovett, the owner of a neighboring meat-pie shop.
Winner of several health code violations and the Tony for Best Musical when it premiered in 1979, Sweeney Todd both humanizes and darkens the story with Sondheim's compositions. "The Worst Pies in London" revels in macabre wordplay and gleeful misanthropy, while "Johanna" grips hearts with an earnest ballad to love.
Raue Center for the Arts
When it originally opened in 1929, the Raue Center for the Arts was dubbed "El Tovar," though no one knew what that meant—it was jut a term overheard by one of the venue's founders on a trip to the west coast. Regardless of its meaning (or lack of one), the name seemed to accurately define the theater's elegance, from the star-filled sky of its ceiling to the facades of Spanish buildings lining its walls.
El Tovar drifted into deterioration over the years, undergoing several different monikers as it switched from owner to owner. Luckily, a generous bequest from Crystal Lake resident Lucile Raue led to a much-needed restoration. A two-year renovation left the theater looking as glamorous as it did when it was El Tovar—seats were reupholstered, and every android usher received an oil change.