Malden actors Davron Monroe and Meagan Lewis-Michelson star in Moonbox Productions’ upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. Directed and coproduced by Ryan Mardesich with musical direction by Dan Ryan and choreography by Joy Clark, “Sweeney Todd” opens on October 13 and runs through November 5 at the new Arrow Street Arts performance venue located at 2 Arrow St. in Cambridge. Tickets are $65 with Pay-What-You-Wish options available at www.arrowstarts.org.
Moonbox Productions’ “Sweeney Todd” is a Brechtian take on this Sondheim classic. After being wrongfully imprisoned by the corrupt justice system, Sweeney Todd returns home to London to seek revenge and save his daughter, Johanna. Aided by his meat-pie baking neighbor Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney comes to a much darker conclusion: We all deserve to die. Together, they wreak havoc on Fleet Street and serve up the hottest – and most unsettling – pies in London. Witness Moonbox’s new take on the modern myth, the parable of power, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
The cast of “Sweeney Todd” includes Davron Monroe* (Sweeney Todd), Joy Clark* (Mrs. Lovett), Caitlin Zerra Rose (Beggar Woman), Todd Yard (Judge), Meagan Lewis-Michelson (Beadle), Ethan DePuy (Pirelli/Fogg), Eli Douglas (Toby), Dallas Austin Jimmar (Anthony), Eva Colliou (Johanna), Ana Viveros (Ensemble), Ciaran D’Hondt (Ensemble), Abigail Whitney Smith (Ensemble), Alexander Lyons (Ensemble), Tim Lawton (Ensemble), Todd McNeel Jr. (Ensemble), Alan Cid (Swing), Brandon Lee (Swing) and Klara La Guardia (Swing).
“Sweeney Todd” will be the first presentation at Arrow Street Arts’ renovated and expanded venue in Harvard Square. The venue is in the midst of a major renovation, and Moonbox will produce the musical during a break in the construction schedule. The facility’s full opening is planned for spring 2024.
“What an exciting way to kick off our thirteenth season!” says Producer Sharman Altshuler. “Sweeney Todd is such an exceptional piece of musical theater, and to be able to present it during the Halloween season is especially thrilling! Deepest thanks to Arrow Street Arts for pausing their renovations to let us present this show in their fabulous black box space – a perfect spot for this production, and a great opportunity for the community to get a sneak peek into this renovated venue, which will be an incredible asset to the arts community in and around Cambridge.”
With each show, Moonbox Productions partners with a local nonprofit organization to raise awareness for their cause, create connections for them within the community and increase the reach and impact of their work. Moonbox is dedicated to supporting local arts and local artists, and to connecting communities to the nonprofit organizations that serve them. To fulfill their artistic mission, Moonbox taps the deep well of talent within their own communities to bring top quality theatrical experiences to stages throughout the Greater Boston area.
For the production of “Sweeney Todd,” Moonbox will be partnering with New England Innocence Project (NEIP), which corrects and prevents wrongful convictions and fights injustice within the criminal legal system for innocent people imprisoned for a crime they did not commit in New England. NEIP provides free forensic testing, investigation, experts and an experienced legal team to exonerate the innocent and bring them home to their loved ones. The organization provides exoneree support as they work to rebuild their lives in freedom through the peer-led Exoneree Network and also uses their expertise about wrongful convictions to provide education and advocate for legislative and judicial reforms to prevent future tragedies.
For more information regarding Moonbox Productions’ upcoming production of “Sweeney Todd,” go to www.moonboxproductions.org.
(*Member of Actors’ Equity Association)