Audio Postcard: Idaho Shakespeare Festival Opens Blood-Soaked Musical "Sweeney Todd"

Jul 4, 2013

Tom Ford and Sara Bruner star as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett in the Idaho Shakespeare Festival production of Sweeney Todd.
Tom Ford and Sara Bruner star as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett in the Idaho Shakespeare Festival production of Sweeney Todd.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

This summer, more than 60,000 people are expected to see a play at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Of the five plays this season, perhaps the most anticipated is "Sweeney Todd".

This blood-drenched murder musical by Stephen Sondheim shocked audiences when it debuted more than 30 years ago. It’s had a large and loyal audience ever since, and in 2007 director Tim Burton made a movie version starring Johnny Depp.

This is not the Shakespeare Festival’s first dance with Sondheim but it is its first time with "Sweeney Todd". 

The show previews Friday at the festival amphitheater and opens Saturday. It runs in repertory through September 1. It’s not recommended for people younger than 14.

Adam Cotterell visited a rehearsal, and brings us this audio postcard with the voices of Tom Ford who stars as Sweeney, Sara Bruner who plays Mrs. Lovett, director Victoria Bussert, and musical director Mathew Webb.

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