Arts preview: "Sweeney Todd"

Jim Fischer

Opera and Lyric Theatre at Ohio State University's School of Music presents this Stephen Sondheim masterwork, an eight-time Tony Award-winning play in 1979. Subtitled "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," the play is a darkly comic and intensely dramatic musical thriller - the composer himself called it a "black operetta." The title character's deadly descent into vengeful obsession is set to Sondheim's most complex and challenging score.

Mershon Auditorium

7:30 p.m. Friday and

Saturday, April 8-9;

3 p.m., Sunday, April 10

1871 N. High St.,