PORTLAND – An all-new, Broadway national touring production of “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” – starring University of Maine alumnus Merritt David Janes – will have its Maine premiere at Merrill Auditorium.

Presented by PCA Great Performances, this new production of the legendary Broadway show will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28.

“Sweeney Todd” is based on the 19th century legend of a London barber driven to a life of crime after a malevolent judge takes his wife and child from him. Sweeney’s plan for revenge includes a cutthroat partnership with Mrs. Lovett, an enterprising businesswoman, who is soon producing the tastiest meat pies in London.

Original direction and design for this touring production is by Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards winner John Doyle. His reimagining of “Sweeney Todd” opened on Broadway in 2005 to universal critical acclaim. It won the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Revival of a Musical, and was awarded a Special Citation by the New York Drama Critics Circle.

Tickets are $60, $52 and $45. They are available through PortTix, the box office at Merrill Auditorium; by calling (207) 842-0800; and at www.pcagreatperformances.org.

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