DCPA announces DeVotchka-infused 'Sweeney Todd' casting

Sweeney Todd. Robert Petkoff. Linda Mugleston. Returning Denver Center favorites Robert Petkoff (‘Sense & Sensibility the Musical’) and Linda Mugleston (‘Quilters’) will play Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett.

The DCPA Theatre Company has announced casting for its upcoming production of Sweeney Todd, which will bring Robert Petkoff and Linda Mugleston back to Denver in the roles of the Demon Barber and Mrs. Lovett.

This staging of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece will feature new orchestrations from Denver’s Grammy-nominated gypsy-punk band, DeVotchKa.

Sweeney Todd. Kent Thompson quote“We are very much looking forward to sinking our teeth into this piece,” said Kent Thompson, Director and Producing Artistic Director of the Theatre Company.” “Thanks to Mr. Sondheim’s blessing, we have been working closely with DeVotchKa to create a new orchestral backdrop for this epic villain. The lifeblood, no pun intended, of the Denver Center is innovation. There is an inherent theatricality in DeVotchKa’s work that we believe will not only serve the piece, but will introduce the Demon Barber to a brand new generation of audiences.”

Petkoff, whose most recent Broadway credits include All The Way (Hubert Humphrey), Anything Goes (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh) and Ragtime (Tateh) previously appeared in the DCPA Theatre Company’s Tantalus and Sense & Sensibility The Musical. Mugleston, whose Broadway credits include On the Twentieth Century (Ensemble), Beautiful The Carole King Musical (as Genie Klein), Young Frankenstein and Sondheim’s Into The Woods, previously appeared in the DCPA Theatre Company’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Quilters and A Christmas Carol.

“The Denver Center is always innovative, no matter what they are doing,” Mugleston said. “The creativity is always very high-end, and it never feels like run-of-the-mill, normal fare. It’s always exciting.”

Petkoff applauded Sondheim’s spirit of play in allowing the DCPA to partner with bands like DeVotchKa to look at Sweeney Todd anew.

First and foremost, he is an artist,” Petkoff said. By taking a fresh look at the orchestrations, “you are changing how an audience hears this music … and he recognizes as an artist that’s how a piece of work breathes and lives.”

Other returning DCPA cast members will include Colin Alexander, Donterrio Johnson, Charlie Korman, Kathleen McCall, Jeffrey Roark, Christine Rowan, Lauren Shealy and Shannan Steele.

The cast includes many actors with big-time Broadway credits, including Kevin McGuire (Judge Turpin), who played several roles in Les Misérables, and Michael Brian Dunn (Pirelli) who played several roles in the first Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd in 1990.

CAST LIST
(in alphabetical order)

  • Colin Alexander (DCPA Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol) as Ensemble
  • Jefferson Behan (DCPA Theatre Company Debut) as Swing
  • Daniel Berryman (Off Broadway: The Fantasticks; DCPA Theater Company Debut) as Anthony Hope
  • Samantha Bruce (Off Broadway: The Fantasticks; DCPA Theater Company Debut) as Johanna
  • Kevin Curtis (Off Broadway: Invisible Thread; DCPA Theater Company Debut) as Tobias Ragg
  • Dwelvan David (First National Tour The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; DCPA Theater Company Debut) as Beadle Bamford
  • Tia DeShazor (DCPA Theatre Company Debut) as Ensemble
  • Michael Brian Dunn (Broadway’s Sweeney Todd, Doctor Zhivago, Amazing Grace; DCPA Theatre Company Debut) as Pirelli
  • Donterrio Johnson (DCPA Theatre Company’s Lookingglass Alice) as Ensemble
  • Charlie Korman (DCPA Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol, Lord of the Flies) as Ensemble
  • Kathleen McCall (Broadway’s M. Butterfly; DCPA Theatre Company’s All The Way, Benediction) as Beggar Woman
  • Jean McCormick (DCPA Theater Company Debut) as Ensemble
  • Kevin McGuire (Broadway’s Les Misérables; DCPA Theater Company Debut) as Judge Turpin
  • Linda Mugleston (Broadway’s Anything Goes, Young Frankenstein, Into The Woods; DCPA Theatre Company’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Quilters, A Christmas Carol) as Mrs. Lovett
  • Robert Petkoff (Broadway’s All The Way, Ragtime, Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof; DCPA Theatre Company’s Sense & Sensibility The Musical, Tantalus) as Sweeney Todd
  • Jeffrey Roark (DCPA Theatre Company’s All The Way, A Christmas Carol, To Kill A Mockingbird) as Ensemble
  • Danny Rothman (DCPA Theatre Company Debut) as Ensemble
  • Christine Rowan (DCPA Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol, Animal Crackers) as Ensemble
  • Lauren Shealy (DCPA Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol) as Swing
  • Shannan Steele (DCPA Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol, Animal Crackers) as Ensemble

CREATIVE TEAM
Kent Thompson (Director)
Gregg Coffin (Music Director)
Erik Daniells (Conductor)
Joel Ferrell (Choreographer)
James Kronzer (Scenic Designer)
Kevin Copenhaver (Costume Designer)
Kenton Yeager (Lighting Designer)
Zach Williamson (Sound Designer)
Geoffrey Kent (Fight Director)

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Ticket information

  • 270x270-sweeney-toddMusic and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by High Wheeler (adapted by Christopher Bond); musical adaptation by DeVotchKa
  • April 8-May 15 (opens April 15)
  • StageTheatre
  • Grammy-nominated Denver band DeVotchKa takes on the legendary demon barber of Fleet Street, serving up a reinvention of Sondheim’s musical thriller. Hell-bent on revenge, Sweeney Todd takes up with his enterprising neighbor in a devilish plot to slice their way through London’s upper crust. Justice will be served — along with audacious humor, bloody good thrills, and DeVotchKa’s brand of lush gypsy punk.
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

  • Previous NewsCenter coverage of Sweeney Todd:
    Theatre Company giddily going down rabbit hole in 2015-16
    DeVotchKa frontman promises a Sweeney Todd that’s ‘loud and proud’

    Sweeney Todd. Robert Petkoff and Linda Mugleston return
    Robert Petkoff previously appeared in the DCPA Theatre Company’s ‘Sense & Sensibility the Musical’ (top) and Linda Mugleston in ‘Quilters’ (above). Photos by Jennifer M. Koskinen.

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