A Close Shave At Kean University

Robyn Lee and Joey Morales in "Sweeey Todd" PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Whelihan

UNION — The Theatre Department at Kean University presents the Stephen Sondheim / Hugh Wheeler musical, “Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” from Feb. 25 through March 5 in the Zella Fry Theatre on the Union campus.

The Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years’ exile on false charges. When he learns from his former landlady, Mrs. Lovett of the atrocities committed against his wife by the very judge who wrongly transported him, Todd vows a bloody revenge.


“In the style of the Grand Guignol, it’s both horrific and hysterical,” said Holly Logue, acting dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and director of the production. “And in the intimacy of the Zella Fry Theatre, people can experience a front row splash!”

Joey Morales is a second year theatre major at Kean who portrays the murderous Sweeney Todd. A native of Jersey City, Morales has already appeared in several Kean productions. Regionally he has played in “Ragtime,” “Showboat” and “Secret Garden” and can be heard in professional recordings of “Little Shop of Horrors” as Audrey II and “South Pacific.”

Mrs. Lovett is played by theatre education major Robyn Lee who has performed at Paper Mill Playhouse in “Children of Eden” and at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in “Carnival.” This past summer she performed in a concert version of “Brigadoon” at the Shubert Theatre in Manhattan.

The cast also includes Kean students: Allison Cloonan (Middletown), Elio E. Llleo (West New York), Lissette Valentin (Kearny), Samantha Mellina (Westfield), Katelyn Morgan (Phillipsburg), John Kushnerick (Edison), Cassandra Otten (Shrewsburg), Zach McCullough (Matawan), Travis Morgan (Carteret), Cara Ganski (Vineland), Anthony Crouchelli (New Milford), Greg Scalera (Colonia), Krystle Haliotis (Linden), Josh Schnetzer (Asbury), Ryan Kaczynski (Edison), Emily Deluca Daly (Manalapan), Patrick Getty (Metuchen), Tony Mowatt (Union), Abby Nadel (Springfield), Lauren Sodono (Colonia), and Jonathan Wells (Middlesex).

Tickets for Sweeney Todd are $15 standard, $12 for faculty, staff, seniors and alumni and $10 for students. Call the Kean University box office at 908-737-SHOW (7469) or visit www.keanstage.com.

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