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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 12, 2019


lea salonga as mrs. lovett and jett pangan as sweeney todd

the supporting cast led by arman ferrer, gerald salonga, mikee bradshaw, ima castro,  nyoy volante,
andrew fernando, luigi quesada & dean rosen

“SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” opened in Broadway in 1979, exactly 40 years ago, and won 8 Tony Awards, including the award for best musical, with songs by Stephen Sondheim. It has since had various stagings all over the world and was also filmed starring Johnny Depp. Set in London in 1785, it’s about a man, Sweeney Todd, who became the victim of a ruthless judge who raped his young wife and exiled him to Australia. He later returns to London to take revenge as a barber.

Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is now thrilled to announce its full cast and creative staff for their version of “Sweeney Todd”, its final musical offering for its 20th anniversary season, with Tony and Olivier Award winner Lea Salonga and rock icon Jett Pangan playing Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney Todd, respectively.

They will be joined by Ima Castro as the Beggar Woman, Andrew Fernando as Judge Turpin, Gerald Santos as Anthony Hope, Nyoy Volante as Adolfo Pirelli, Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante as Johanna, Luigi Quesada as Tobias, Arman Ferrer as Beadle, and Dean Rosen as Jonas Fogg.

Completing the ensemble are Steven Conde, Sarah Facuri, Christine Flores, Jep Go, Kevin Guiman, and Emeline Celis Guinid. The show will be directed by Bobby Garcia and will have set design by Tony Award winner David Gallo, musical direction by Gerard Salonga along with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, costume design by Rajo Laurel, choreography by Cecile Martinez, lighting design by Aaron Porter, hair and make-up design by Leslie Espinosa, vocal direction by Manman Angsico, and sound design by Justin Stasiw.

“We have gathered quite a formidable cast for this retelling of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical thriller," says Bobby Garcia. "I think we will be bringing to the stage a unique version of Sweeney Todd, as told by some of the best musical theatre storytellers in the country, led by Lea Salonga and Jett Pangan.  I am also so excited to be collaborating with a creative team full of geniuses in their craft. I can’t wait to begin.”

“Sweeney Todd” caps Atlantis’ 20th Anniversary season which includes acclaimed runs of “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, and the launch of its new division Atlantis Imaginarium Young Theatre with its premiere production “Madagascar - A Musical Adventure.” 

The show runs from October 11 to 27, 2019 at the Theatre at Solaire. Tickets are now available at www.ticketworld.com.ph or through 891-9999. It’s a production of AtlantisTwenty and ABS-CBN in cooperation with Solaire Resort & Casino. Special thanks to Facial Care Centre, TUMI, and The Philippine Star.