- $35 for one ticket to see Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (up to $63 value)
- When: Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m., or Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Blaisdell Concert Hall
- Seating: orchestra and balcony sections C
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing 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 has become a classic in both the opera and theatre repertoires. Sondheim’s sophisticated score both humanizes and darkens the story, with moments that provide quite a challenge to even the most accomplished singers. Eugene Opera favorite Anne Allgood will tackle the whip-quick wordplay of Mrs. Lovett’s “The Worst Pies in London,” while Todd’s menacing baritone notes will rumble forth from Christopher Burchett, another Eugene Opera stalwart.
Hawaii Opera Theatre
Hawaii Opera Theatre was established in 1960, but the islands' connection to opera dates back nearly a century earlier. In the 1850s, Queen Emma was said to have sung Verdi, while her husband King Kamehameha IV acted as a stage manager. More recently, Queen Liliuokalani may have composed an opera herself. Today, the nonprofit Hawaii Opera Theatre continues this rich musical tradition as the only professional opera company on the islands. Its productions—which have included La Bohéme, Romeo & Juliet, and Aida—feature local singers alongside international stars who have performed at major opera houses and in front of their own framed portraits of Pavarotti.