Arts & Entertainment

Two Shows Left for 'Sweeney Todd' By Basking Ridge-Based 'Light Opera of NJ'

The Basking Ridge-based Light Opera of New Jersey this summer is presenting 'Sweeney Todd' for six stagings, including July 22-23. Credits: Courtesy of Light Opera of New Jersey

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - This Saturday night and Sunday afternoon are the last two shows available for the Basking Ridge-based Light Opera of New Jersey's production of "Sweeney Todd," which last week received rave reviews and three standing ovations.

Shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, at the venue for the production at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, 07079. 

Tickets are available online or by calling (973) 313-2787.

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To close the opera company's 22nd season in the summer, Light Opera of NJ - originally founded as Ridge Light Opera - presents Stephen Sondheim’s dark-humored musical thriller, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," directed by Jeffrey Fiorello with music direction by Stephen Fox and choreography by Samantha Hahn Simpson. Producer is William Corson of Basking Ridge.

Returning from exile, Benjamin Barker arrives in London under the name of Sweeney Todd in order to exact his revenge on the judge who exiled him in order to steal his wife. Todd resumes his old residence in his barber shop over the meat pie establishment of Mrs. Lovett. A competing barber, Adolfo Pirelli, recognizes Todd and threatens to reveal him to the authorities, causing Sweeney to kill Pirelli in a rage.

When Mrs. Lovett discovers the body, she proposes disposing of it through her meat pies as she hasn’t been able to afford real meat for weeks. Todd and Lovett continue to plot together, throats are slit, and business begins to flourish. Can Todd be stopped before exacting his revenge on the judge? 

Here's a look and listen at the Light Opera of New Jersey's "Sweeney Todd" on video:




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