In 1979, when composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim set the macabre tale of a vengeful, murderous barber to music, he was years ahead of such similarly gruesome stage fare as “Phantom of the Opera,” “Jekyll & Hyde” and “Carrie.”
Initially off-putting to many, “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” has since been recognized as a enduring classic of the musical theater and is arguably the most mainstream selection ever from the adventuresome Slow Burn Theatre Company.
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SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
Where: Slow Burn Theatre Company at West Boca High School, 12811 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton.
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $35. Call: 866-811-4111.
The verdict: Sondheim’s intricate, melodic and macabre thriller, produced with affection and care by director Fitzwater, with a standout performance by Korinko in the title role.