Sweeney Todd "in Concert"
June 2nd, 2018
First Church Sanctuary, Cambridge, Ma
The eight-time Tony Award-winning Sweeney Todd is the infamous tale of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to nineteenth century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him. After opening a new barber practice above a failing meat pie shop owned by the resourceful Mrs. Lovett, Todd and Lovett’s paths merge and their fortunes begin to change. One un-savory ingredient added into the meat pies has the people of London lining up ... and the carnage has only just begun!
Production photos courtesy of Earl Christie Photography
BEVERLY CREASEY OF BOSTON ARTS REVIEW SAYS,
"Shana Dirik is a force of nature. Any production she’s in is enhanced by her presence. Last evening her brand new enterprise, THEATER UNCORKED, staged a staggering, one-time-only event in Harvard Square, a rip roaring presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD. If only they could do it again. Please. Please."
NANCY GROSSMAN OF BROADWAY WORLD (BWW) SAYS,
"Although billed as a concert, this production was far more involved than a staged reading, and nothing less than a full-throated demonstration of some serious vocalizing. All nine of the principal cast members gave stellar performances, but special commendation goes to Ben Discipio's overpowering Sweeney, Dirik's wonderful interpretation of Mrs. Lovett, and Matthew Zahnzinger's nasty predator, Judge Turpin. With the valued assistance of an 18-member Advisory Board and her wealth of varied experience, Dirik and Theater UnCorked are poised to bring some more bubbles and pizazz to the Boston theater scene. Cheers!"
AND CHRIS EHLERS OF DIG BOSTON CLAIMS,
"It’s hard to argue with the ambition of Shana Dirik, UnCorked’s artistic director who also starred as Mrs. Lovett. The sheer scale of the operation was an impressive thing, and any theater company that begins its life with a full Sondheim concert is all right by me. And it would appear that I’m not alone: There wasn’t a seat to be found. It was as impeccably sung as any Sweeney I’ve ever seen; I remain bowled over by the effortlessness of the performances. As Mrs. Lovett, Dirik was a marvel, and Ben Discipio’s Sweeney was first rate."
*Denotes Members of Actors' Equity Association
Ben DiScipio - Sweeney Todd
Jordan Reynolds - Anthony
Shana Dirik* - Mrs. Lovett
Audrey Clark - Johanna
Mathew Zahnzinger - Judge Turpin/Quintet
Christopher Porth - Beadle
Alex Boyle - Toby
Jason Hersom - Pirelli
Catherine Lee Christie - Beggar Woman
Margaret Felice - Quintet
Lenni Alexandra Kmiec*
Joelle Kross - Quintet
Michael Saenz - Quintet
Devon Stone* - Quintet
Lydian Devere Yard
Allison Olivia Choat (Director) is delighted to support new artists, works, and companies in the Boston area, and is especially thrilled to join the inaugural outing of Theater Uncorked. Allison is Co-Founder and Associate Artistic Director of Cambridge-based Moonbox Productions, where she most recently directed this winter's critically-acclaimed The 39 Steps. Other directorial collaborations include Amadeus (IRNE winner, Best Actor), Kimberly Akimbo (IRNE winner, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress; IRNE nominations, Best Director, Best Production), Floyd Collins, and the IRNE- and Elliot-Norton-Award-nominated Of Mice and Men. Allison also designed the sets for Moonbox's A New Brain and the IRNE-Award-winning The Wild Party (Best Musical - Fringe). As an independent director, designer, and movement coach, her local collaborators include Flat Earth Theatre (He is Dead, Terra Nova, Pygmalion, What Once We Felt), Wax Wings Productions (The Man from Willow's Brook - world premiere at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre), Blue Spruce Theatre, Guerrilla Opera, and Boston Opera Collaborative. When not backstage, Allison is a voice and movement educator whose teaching practice focuses on the unique needs of athletes and performing artists
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