January 2020 You will not want to miss the first-ever collaborative concert production by Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI): \u201cSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,\u201d coming to life on the stage of the Palladium February 21 and 22, 2020. The Original Production An award-winning musical, \u201cSweeney Todd\u201d hasmusic and lyrics written by one of the most renowned and respected figures in 20th-century musical theater\u2014Stephen Sondheim. The musical thriller first opened on Broadway in 1979 and won eight Tony Awards, Best Musical being one of them, when it first premiered. \u201cSweeney Todd\u201dhas won numerous awards over the decades and continues to entrance, amuse and awe its audiences the world over. The Plot Set in Victorian London, Sweeney Todd is an unjustly exiled barber who returns to London years later to seek revenge on the judge who framed him and on those who made him suffer and lose his beloved family. He opens a barber shop connected to Mrs. Lovett\u2019s meat pie shop and initiates his crime rampage. Audiences are sure to be immersed in a rich, demented and beautiful acoustic and visual experience created by the talented musicians and actors from CSO and ATI. Premiering at the Palladium We spoke with CSO\u2019s music director Janna Hymes and Don Farrell, ATI\u2019s artistic director and co-founder, about what makes their production of \u201cSweeney Todd\u201dat the Palladium unique, aside from the collaboration of two resident companies of The Center for the Performing Arts. \u201cI saw \u2018Sweeney Todd\u2019with Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou when I was a young girl in NYC,\u201d Hymes shared. \u201cI was so moved by the beauty of some of the music, and was so expert in that role. It was incredible, and has remained my favorite show ever since. It has everything in it: drama, music, visuals, humor and passion. It\u2019s all there in a way that totally hits my heart.\u201d Farrell added, \u201cThat lush score! I remember the first time I ever heard the original cast recording with Cariou and Lansbury. I also saw the video that was done for PBS with Lansbury and George Hearn. The first time I got to experience it live was in 1989 in NYC, and I saw the production with Bob Gunton and Beth Fowler. I was blown away. The score is so inventive, and it\u2019s so cool to see a musical thriller go so mainstream the way that it has. It\u2019s probably one of the greatest musicals ever written. For us and our audiences to hear the full score in orchestration\u2014the way it was intended in the original production\u2014is so rare because it is so expensive to present. And for it to be done at the Palladium, which is acoustically perfect, will be great, so we\u2019re really excited about it.\u201d According to Hymes, the staging will be unique as well and will give the audiences a \u201ccomplete theatrical experience.\u201d The two companies will be utilizing the stage in the Palladium in ways that have not been executed before but will showcase the hall\u2019s highly touted acoustic perfection while demonstrating the masterful skills of both resident companies simultaneously. \u201cThis will be a very full show, and people will not leave \u2018wanting,\u2019\u201d Hymes said. \u201cIt will be a complete theatrical experience, and I think that it\u2019s going to be really spectacular. This is quite unusual to what normally do, so fans of both should come because it is going to be exciting. People who love theater and\/or the Palladium itself should come because this will be more than just entertainment, and when you experience something that really moves you\u2014that is when great art is made, and I think this show will do just that.\u201d Tickets are available now at the Center for the Performing Arts box office at thecenterpresents.org, through ATI at atistage.org and the CSO\u2019s website at carmelsymphony.org.