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New Interpretation Of 'Sweeney Todd' At White Plains Performing Arts Center

Cassie Hohn (Mrs. Lovett) and Steven C. Rich (Sweeney Todd) in "Sweeney Todd."
Cassie Hohn (Mrs. Lovett) and Steven C. Rich (Sweeney Todd) in "Sweeney Todd." Photo Credit: Alex Cutrone, WPPAC

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The classic play, "Sweeney Todd," is told in a new way, albeit with the same music and lyrics, at the White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPA).

For those not familiar with this musical thriller, "Sweeney Todd" tells the story of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the judge who robbed him of his family. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice.

The show runs through Oct. 26 and starts where the traditional story left off. It is set in an insane asylum where Toby is taken after he kills Sweeney. There, he recounts the story, using the inmates and other members of the asylum to re-tell his history.

"It’s my sincere hope that the audience will appreciate what we’ve done, whether or not they have ever seen a production of 'Sweeney Todd' or have seen it multiple times because it’s their favorite show,” says director Jeremy Quinn. “I hope, at the very least, that people are intrigued and curious enough to see what true theatrical artistry is all about.”

Performances are at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (depending on the day). Tickets are $50 for adults; high school students and younger are $35. For more information, call 914-328-1600 or go to the website .

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