Before Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, and Stephen Sondheim, there was Sweeney Todd, a penny-dreadful barber who slaughtered his customers and baked up the evidence in meat pies. It's not exactly what you may think of as summer entertainment, but the University of Minnesota Showboat Players are offering a version that is perfect for the whole family. The production promises to ramp up the vaudevillian melodrama and was crafted by the top-notch team of Peter Moore and Vern Sutton, who brought the Showboat's excellent 2008 The Count of Monte Cristo to life. Expect lots of scary moments, heightened tension, and musical interludes (though probably not "The Worst Pies in London" or "A Little Priest"). The cast, as always, is made up of talented University of Minnesota students, who will bring fresh faces to the grubby, early Victorian tale, which has been adapted by C.G. Bond from George Dibbon Pitt's original play.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Starts: June 17. Continues through Aug. 27, 2011