Members of the stellar cast of Sweeney Todd have received several Naledi and Fleur du Cap theatre award nominations. The show itself, that ran to sold out houses and an extension at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre at Montecasino in Johannesburg last year, has also received also a nomination as Best Production of a Musical (the Joan Brickhill Award). Sweeney Todd is currently wowing capacity audiences in Cape Town at Theatre on the Bay where it runs until 9 April 2016.
Regarding the Naledis, Jonathan Roxmouth, who plays the lead in Sweeney Todd, has been nominated in the category Best Performance in a Musical for his rendition of the demon barber of Fleet Street. Roxmouth, acknowledged as the foremost musical theatre star in South Africa, has two nominations in this category, the second being for I’m Playing Your Song. His co-star in Sondheim’s acclaimed musical, Charon Williams-Ros, is nominated for Best Performance in a Musical for her portrayal as Mrs. Lovett. Steven Stead is nominated as Best Director in a Musical. Stead is also nominated twice in that category, for both Sweeney Todd and Little Shop of Horrors. Sweeney Todd cast member Candice von Litsenborgh was nominated for Best Performance in a Musical in the lead role in Little Shop of Horrors. Both aforementioned productions are presented by Pieter Toerien and Kickstart Productions.
Other Sweeney Todd Naledi nominations include Adam Pelkowitz as Best Support in a Musical for his role as the Beadle (he is also nominated for Best AV for I’m Playing your Song); Greg King for Best Set Design, Neil Stuart Harris for Best Costume Design, Tina le Roux for Best Lighting Design, Mark Malherbe for Best Sound Design and Rowan Bakker for Best Musical Director. Ensemble member Weslee Lauder is nominated as Best Director of a Revue for another show, Aspoestertjie. The Naledis take place at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg on 19 April at the Lyric theatre in Gold Reef City, Johannesburg.
Regarding the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, taking place at the Baxter on Sunday 20 March, both Jonathan Roxmouth and Candice von Litsenborgh have also received Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nominations for Best Lead Actor and Actress in a Musical, for West Side Story (a Fugard Theatre production) and Little Shop of Horrors respectively (a Pieter Toerien and Kickstart production).
Sweeney Todd is a dark musical thriller by American theatrical genius, Stephen Sondheim, and features one of the greatest musical theatre scores ever written. It tells the outlandish tale of urban legend, Sweeney Todd, who famously murdered his clients in his barber chair, whereafter his whacky neighbour and partner in crime, Mrs. Lovett, turned them into much sought after meat pies. Set in 19th century England, Sweeney Todd looks at what drives a man to this sort of extreme obsession, and considers what tragedy lies in his dark and mysterious past. This gripping musical features the classic songs ‘Pretty Women’; ‘Johanna’; ‘Not While I’m Around’; ‘By the Sea’; ‘A Little Priest’, and ‘The Ballad of Sweeney Todd’. Sweeney Todd won both the Tony Award and the Olivier Award for Best New Musical when it was first produced in 1979, and became a major motion picture by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Alan Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohen. Cameron Mackintosh has called Sondheim "possibly the greatest lyricist ever”.
Sweeney Todd is at Theatre on the Bay until 9 April with booking via Computicket or 0214383301.