Barbershop of Horrors

Typically, a less-than-stellar salon experience means uneven bangs or being forced to read an issue of InStyle from August 2009. A mediocre trip to the bakery results in broken cookies or a cake that reads “Hapy Birtday Mom!” But in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, true menace lurks within the local barbershop -- and at the cute little pie purveyor down the street. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis brings this darkly comedic masterpiece to center stage at Webster University's Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road) May 26 through June 24 (there are eight performances in total; visit www.opera-stl.org for the full schedule). Set in Victorian England, Sweeney Todd tells the macabre (yet often hilarious) tale of a murderous barber and an unhinged baker with a meat shortage. The two hatch a plan, and -- before you can say, “Wait, what kind of pie is this again?” -- the plot unfolds. Enjoy the wickedly fun story and mesmerizing score that only a genius such as Sondheim could create. Rod Gilfry stars as Sweeney Todd, with Stephen Lord and Ron Daniels conducting and directing, respectively.
Sat., May 26, 8 p.m.; Wed., May 30, 8 p.m.; Fri., June 1, 8 p.m.; Thu., June 7, 8 p.m.; Tue., June 12, 1 p.m.; Sat., June 16, 1 p.m.; Wed., June 20, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 24, 7 p.m., 2012

 
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