Broadway's Sweeney Todd Says Goodbye to Annaleigh Ashford and Josh Groban January 14
The Stephen Sondheim revival continues at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
Tony nominee Josh Groban and Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford complete their 46-week run in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler‘s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street January 14 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The musical will be led by the show's understudies Nicholas Christopher (as Sweeney) and Jeanna De Waal (as Mrs. Lovett) until February 8.
Tony winners Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster will then play Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett (respectively) beginning February 9, for a 12-week limited run.
Groban and Ashford have helped make the revival one of Broadway's consistent top grossers, regularly appearing in the top five highest-grossing productions on the Main Stem since beginning performances in February 2023. Directed by Thomas Kail, the revival was nominated for eight 2023 Tony Awards, and won Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Natasha Katz) and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Nevin Steinberg).
Along with Groban and Ashford, the production features Tony Award winner and Laurence Olivier Award nominee Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I) as Beggar Woman, Daniel Yearwood (Hamilton) as Anthony, Maria Bilbao (On Your Feet!) as Johanna, Jamie Jackson (The Last Ship) as Judge Turpin, John Rapson (Les Misérables) as Beadle Bamford, and Nicholas Christopher (Hamilton) as Pirelli. Heartstopper star Joe Locke will join the company as Toby beginning January 31.
The production features Jonathan Tunick‘s full, 26-piece orchestration for the first time on Broadway since the 1979 original production, with music supervision by three-time Tony winner Alex Lacamoire. A cast album was released in September.
Based on the Christopher Bond play of the same name, Sweeney Todd centers on its titular barber who seeks revenge on a corrupt judge and turns to murder, with neighbor and accomplice Mrs. Lovett ultimately discovering they can dispose of the evidence by serving up the most unsettling meat pies to the people of London.
The production features choreography by Steven Hoggett, scenic design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, special effects design by Jeremy Chernick, and wig, hair, and make-up design by J. Jared Janas. Casting is by The Telsey Office, and Baseline Theatrical‘s Nick Lugo and James Hickey serve as general managers. Cody Renard Richard is production stage manager.