The Worst Pies in London Come to Chatham in “Sweeney Todd”

CHATHAM, NY—The Mac-Haydn Theatre (MHT), continues its 2017 season with the Stephen Sondheim Tony Award winning musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This will be the third MHT premiere of the season.

Two MHT favorites return to lead this dark musical masterpiece. Broadway’s Mark Hardy (Titanic, Les Miserables), last seen in 2016 as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, returns as the infamous Sweeney Todd. Emily Kron, (Nellie in South Pacific in 2016) returns to portray the pie-making Mrs. Lovett. Emily’s most recent credits include As You Like It (The Denver Center) and Mary Poppins (Northern Stage).

Anthony Hope, the young sailor who saves Mr. Todd and eventually falls in love with his daughter Joanna, is portrayed by Company Member Quinn Corcoran (Purser in Anything Goes) and Sweeney’s daughter Johanna is played by Company Member Kelly Gabrielle Murphy (Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).

MHT favorites Steve Hassmer (Andre in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), and Ryan Gregory Thurman (Joey in Sister Act in 2016) return to play Judge Turpin and Tobias Ragg respectively. Jeff O’Neill (La Cage Aux Folles at The Villagers) and Jose Plaza (a recent graduate of The Hartt School) make their MHT debut as The Beadle and Adolfo Pirelli.

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Artistic Director John Saunders (director of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Saturday Night Fever) directs and Patrick Heffernan (Assistant Choreographer Anything Goes) assists and choreographs.

Rounding out the cast is Katie Skawski as Beggar Woman, Ross Flores as Jonas Fogg, Gabe Belyeu, Alex Carr, Michelle Carter, Dakota Dutcher, Laura Michele Erle, Megan Hasse, Connor Hubbard, Stephen C. Kallas, Dan Macke, Ryan Owens, Sam Pickart, Steffany Pratt, Catherine Skojec, Emily Spateholts, Sophia Tzougros, and Brian D. Wagner.

The show is under music direction of both David Maglione and Jillian Zack. Kevin Gleason set designs, Jimm Halliday costume designs, Megan McQueeney designs the props, and Ethan Carleton sound designs.

Sweeney Todd runs on Mac-Haydn’s stage July 27 – August 6.

About the Mac-Haydn Theatre

Founded in 1969 by Lynne Haydn and Linda MacNish, The Mac-Haydn Theatre has been bringing artists from all around the country to the town of Chatham, NY (perfectly placed in between the Berkshires, the New York Capital, and the Catskill Region) each summer to produce classic and modern musicals in-the-round. For more information and tickets, please visit us at: www.machaydntheatre.org or call the box office at (518) 392-9292.

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