Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Opera Review

by Sarah Peterson

Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tore up the stage Saturday, February 20, 2016, at downtown Fresno’s Saroyan Theatre in a frenzied whirl of greed, lust, insanity, and the occasional bucket of blood. Director and choreographer John de los Santos chose a muted palette of pewters and charcoals to set the tone of “Todd” leaving the stage in a wash of industrial gloom. The cast milled about in similar hues, evoking the grit and grime of London’s Fleet Street circa nineteenth century.