Shear Madness

Production resurrects Sondheim’s slaying stylist

Ask any of your image-conscious homies and they'll tell you that nothing is more horrifying than a bad haircut. We know this from sad personal experience. During one soul-crushing visit to an overzealous stylist armed with shears of shame, we watched our dignity fall to the floor with each lopped-off lock.

We may have lost our pride, but at least we kept our heads – and necks – intact, unlike the wickedly deserving victims of Sweeney Todd (“The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”). Stephen Sondheim’s song-packed melodrama about the Victorian serial-killer barber was recently turned into a big-screen Hollywood flick starring Johnny Depp, and this touring theatrical production tells the oft-told tale from the perspective of the big stage at Gammage Auditorium.

The musical chronicles the story of an anti-hero wrongly sentenced to do time in Australia. Returning to find his wife dead by suicide, the scissors-wielding slasher teams up with England's worst baker to unleash a fiendish plot involving delicious meat pies with exotic ingredients.


Tue., April 15, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., April 16, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., April 17, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., April 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 19, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 20, 2 & 7 p.m., 2008
 
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