Music Theater Presents Musical Thriller “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Posted on 10/22/2018 1:34:18 PM

Scene from "Sweeney Todd "Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Music Theater will present the musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. This semi-staged version of the musical will take place on October 26–27 at 7:30 p.m. on the Fisher Auditorium stage of the IUP Performing Arts Center and will feature the IUP Symphony Orchestra.

This musical thriller is based on the 1973 play Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Christopher Bond. The story tells a tale of revenge with the return of barber Sweeney Todd after many years in exile, seeking to take vengeance on the corrupt judge who banished him. Todd conspires with Mrs. Lovett, the pie maker, who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies. 

IUP faculty member and director of Opera and Music Theater Oliver Lo served as the producer and director for this production of Sweeney Todd. Colleen Ferguson served as the conductor for the IUP Symphony Orchestra. For this semi-staged production, the IUP Symphony Orchestra will be on the stage with the singers, and the focus will be more on the music and the lyrics of the production than set pieces and props.

In describing his thoughts on the upcoming production, Lo remarked, “Sweeney Todd is one of the greatest dramma giocoso (drama with comedy) in the history of the musical.” Lo continued, asking, “Should we laugh, or should we cry? Should we find it funny, or should we be scared?” 

"Sweeney Todd" Cast PhotoTickets for this event are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $18 for regular admission, $15 for seniors and groups, and $12 for students and children. Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from noon to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. The ticket office is closed for university holidays. Tickets are not available at the Hadley Union Building. For more information on this and other events as well as group tickets within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or email

Music Theater is produced by the Department of Music and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.

Please note that this production contains violent situations and themes.