Sure, "his skin was pale and his eye was odd," but has there ever been a character as charismatic -- or as deadly -- as Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street? Sondheim is at his bloody best in Sweeney Todd, his macabre masterpiece about a barbaric barber and an even more beastly baker. Set in London, the musical tells the tale of the title character, who, after being banished from his city on false charges, returns to exact his revenge. Teaming up with local pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett, Todd opens a barbershop -- where he slits the throats of customers, and she bakes them into pies to dispose of the evidence. Adapted by Tim Burton into a hit movie with Johnny Depp, an exciting new live production of Sweeney Todd now comes to D.C. courtesy of St. Mark's Players.
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