Sondheim’s Classic Opens Halloween Weekend

EAST BRUNSWICK — Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” opens Oct. 28 and closes on Nov.13 at Playhouse 22 in East Brunswick. Director Mark Kalet is joined by Musical Director Rory Chalcraft and Choreographer Megan Ferentinos.

“Sweeney Todd” is based on the 19th century tale of a demonic barber in Victorian London. The musical version first appeared on Broadway in 1979 and was recently made into a film version starring Johnny Depp.

Starring Roger Dornbierer of Dunellen in the title character and Stephanie Long of Sayreville as Mrs. Lovett, “Sweeney Todd” tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. His thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, and the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs soon has the people of London lining up in droves with her mysterious new meat pie recipe.

All shows are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets for all performance are available online at, by calling the Box Office at 1-732-254-3939 or at the Box Office window. Playhouse 22 is located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

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