On Friday night, Matthew and I attended the Social Media Night performance of “Sweeney Todd” put on by the Great Lakes Theater. There was a nice gathering of blogger folk there to see the show.
Before the performance, we enjoyed themed cocktails (aptly named, Barber’s Revenge) and a presentation from the play’s director, Victoria Bussert, and the Great Lakes Theater’s artistic director, Charles Fee.
It was fascinating to hear the behind-the-scenes stories of getting “Sweeney Todd” up and running, including the director watching hours of old black-and-white horror films for inspiration. “Sweeney Todd” opened in July in Boise, Idaho at Great Lakes Theater’s sister theater (Did you know Great Lakes Theater had a sister theater in Idaho? I didn’t!) and then moved to Cleveland. The Great Lakes Theater spring shows do just the opposite: they open in Cleveland, then move to Boise.
Then it was time for the show! The Hanna Theater allows for a intimate, up-close theater experience.
I had seen the “Sweeney Todd” movie, but never the stage show. The show combines stirring and beautiful music and lyrics from Steven Sondheim with a bit of black humor campy-ness and a lot of gore!
All of the actors did a phenomenal job, particularly Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, whose chemistry and commitment to their roles drew you into the story immediately.
What’s even more incredible is that Great Lakes Theater is simultaneously mounting a production of “Richard III” and that all but one of the “Sweeney Todd” actors is also in that production. These two massive revenge tragedies, in some ways similar and in others completely opposite, show the diversity and amazing abilities of this homegrown theater company.
“Sweeney Todd” runs through November 2 and “Richard III” runs through November 3. I encourage you to check both productions out and see what amazing things Great Lakes Theater is doing.
And to help you in that endeavor, here is a discount code to let you shave (haha) $10 off an A-level ticket to “Sweeney Todd.” The code is PR6. Just plug it in when you’re purchasing your tickets (the code is not good retroactively, with other offers, or on student tickets). Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
Have you seen “Sweeney Todd” or been to a Great Lakes Theater production before?
***Disclosure: I received one complimentary ticket and one drink ticket to attend the Social Media Night performance of “Sweeney Todd.” As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***