Open auditions for “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” will be held Tuesday, January 8 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Carte Blanche Studios Theatre, 1024 S 5th Street, Milwaukee. The production will open April 12, and continue through April 28.

Callbacks, if needed, will be scheduled on a case by case basis, shortly after the audition date.

Strong singers are needed for this production. Those auditioning should be ready to sing 32 bars of a song of their choice. Also, be prepared for cold readings from the script. If you have a short dramatic monologue prepared, you may read that as well.

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is a 1979 musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and libretto by Hugh Wheeler. Set in 19th century England, the musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, a k a Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years’ transportation on trumped-up charges. When he finds out that his wife poisoned herself after being raped by the judge who transported him, he vows revenge on the judge and, later, on the entire world. He teams up with a pie maker, Mrs. Lovett, and opens a barbershop in which he slits the throats of customers and has them baked into pies.

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