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The musical “Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” closes out Venture Theatre’s main stage shows for the season. It opens tonight and runs weekends through June 23.

Directed by Robert Brian Wood, the musical features Steve Zediker in the title role. Pam Havig is Mrs. Lovett and Chris Decker plays Aldolfo Pirelli.

The show is based on the book by Hugh Wheeler with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The cast includes a large company of 22 chorus members and nine featured performers.

“Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is a 1979 musical thriller. It opened on Broadway at the Uris Theatre in 1979 and ran for 557 performances.

Set in 19th century England, the musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years of incarceration on trumped-up charges. When he finds out that his wife poisoned herself after being raped by the judge who transported him, he vows revenge on the whole world. He teams up with a piemaker, Mrs. Lovett, and opens a barbershop in which he slits the throats of customers and has them baked into pies.

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Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.