Tullamore Musical Society to Stage 'Sweeney Todd' this Month

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly



Tullamore Musical Society have put the final touches to their cast for their upcoming production of Sweeney Todd. Following a plea for new members to join the award winning society for their 2017 production of Sweeney Todd, they weren't disappointed with the influx of new members who have settled in and are excited about taking to the stage for Stephen Sondheim's thrilling musical Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

The production team which consists of director Paul Norton, choreographer Graham Finnerty and musical director Shane Farrell were delighted with the turn out for auditions for 'Sweeney Todd' and are excited to announce such a talented front line who hail from right across the midlands. The part of Sweeney will be played by local Clara man Stephen Rabbette who is also a dedicated member of CMS and the Tullamore Academy Chamber Choir. In recent years Stephen has played the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar and was nominated for his singing for his performance as CHE in Clara's production of 'Evita'.

Mrs. Lovett will be played by Jay Origan who previously thrilled audiences with her performance of crazy lady Felicia Gabriel in last year's production in Eastwick and other principle roles are filled by talented actress Amanda Cunningham who plays the part of the Beggar woman, AIMS nominee Chris Corroon, who is delighted to be back with the Tullamore Musical Society playing the part of Judge Turpin, Alex Cathcart from Portlaoise, who joins the society to play Anthony Hope, Make Up Artist and singer Yvonne O'Toole from Birr, who is also new to Tullamore Musical Society and joins them to play the role of Johanna.

Tom Maher from Ballacolla, Co. Laois, plays The Beadle, Award winning singer Eoghan Fingleton from Portlaoise will play the part of Tobias Ragg. Tomás Glynn takes on the role of Pirelli, and finally, Rory Chadwick from Portlaoise will play the part of Jonas Fogg.

The front line will be supported by a strong Tullamore Musical Society ensemble who were also nominated this year for their performance in 'The Witches of Eastwick' and who went on to win 'Best Overall Show 2016' for their performances.

One of the darkest musicals ever written, 'Sweeney Todd' is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate, Mrs. Lovett, bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public.

The show also boasts perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most exceptional score, and Sweeney Todd is operatic, containing black comedy and terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theatre of the last fifty years, and it’s also one of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince.

'Sweeney Todd' will run from 8pm Sunday, February 19, to Friday February 24, 2017 at Tullamore GAA Centre and will close with a Gala performance for the sponsors and patrons on Saturday February 25. All tickets available from the box office in Tullamore Bridge Centre or by calling the booking office on 0852240669. There will be no show on Thursday night. All tickets for Sunday night's show are €12. Full Price Tickets: €16 (Concessions €12 on Monday for students and Senior Citizens)

So if you fancy something different and would like to support some local talent and the arts, then book your tickets for this famous production and take a trip to Tullamore this February. ​​​