Jordan Fisher, Gaten Matarazzo, Jeanna de Waal, More Join Cast of SWEENEY TODD on Broadway
God, that's good! Several Broadway favorites have joined the cast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, including Jordan Fisher as Anthony, Gaten Matarazzo as Tobias, Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles as Beggar Woman, Maria Bilbao as Johanna, Jamie Jackson as Judge Turpin, John Rapson as Beadle Bamford, and Nicholas Christopher as Pirelli.
Christopher will also serve as a standby for Sweeney Todd while Diana: The Musical standout Jeanna de Waal will standby for Mrs. Lovett and Beggar Woman. More casting will be announced at a later date.
As previously announced, Tony and Grammy nominee Josh Groban will play the title character while Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford will play Mrs. Lovett. Previews begin February 26, 2023, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. An opening night is set for March 26.
Tony winner Thomas Kail will direct the staging, which is set to include a 26-member orchestra. It will be the first time since 1980 that Jonathan Tunick’s original orchestrations will be played in a Broadway house.
With a score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, Sweeney Todd is one of the composer-lyricist’s most recognizable titles thanks to its operatic highlights and soap opera delights. The story follows Benjamin Barker aka Sweeney Todd, who upon returning home from prison, sets out to exact revenge upon the judge who ruined his life. To stay afloat while the plan cooks, he works as a barber above a pie shop run by the daff-but-brilliant Mrs. Lovett. Together, they hatch a plan to keep their misdeeds under the radar.
The creative team features music supervisor Alex Lacamoire, choreographer Steven Hoggett, set designer Mimi Lien, costume designer Emilio Sosa, lighting designer Natasha Katz, and sound designer Nevin Steinberg. Casting is by The Telsey Office, and Baseline Theatrical serves as general manager, with Jeffrey Seller as lead producer. Additional casting and creative team members will be announced at a later date.
Sweeney Todd will be the third major revival of a Sondheim musical since his passing in November 2021. The Encores! staging of Into the Woods, which transferred to the St. James Theatre, will close January 15 and go on a national tour with Stephanie J. Block, Sebastian Arcelus, Gavin Creel, and Montego Glover. An Off-Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along, starring Jonathan Groff, Lindsay Mendez, and Daniel Radcliffe, opened December 12.
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