Additional casting has been announced for the upcoming new revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starring the previously announced Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford as murderous barber Sweeney Todd and devious pie maker Mrs. Lovett, respectively.
Helmed by Tony-winning Hamilton director Thomas Kail, the production will play the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre beginning February 26, 2023, with opening night set for March 26.
Newly announced for the Broadway production are Jordan Fisher (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen) as Anthony, Gaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things) as Tobias, Tony Award winner and Laurence Olivier Award nominee Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I) as Beggar Woman, Maria Bilbao (On Your Feet!) as Johanna, Jamie Jackson (The Last Ship) as Judge Turpin, John Rapson (Les Misérables) as Beadle Bamford, Nicholas Christopher (Hamilton) as Pirelli/Standby for Sweeney Todd, and Jeanna de Waal (Diana, The Musical) as Standby for Mrs. Lovett and Beggar Woman. Additional casting will be announced.
The revival will feature Jonathan Tunick's full, 26-piece orchestration for the first time on Broadway since the original production, under the baton of three-time Tony winner Alex Lacamoire.
The production will also feature choreography by Steven Hoggett, scenic design by Tony winner Mimi Lien, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by seven-time Tony winner Natasha Katz, and sound design by Tony winner Nevin Steinberg. Casting is by The Telsey Office, and Baseline Theatrical will serve as general manager. Cody Renard Richard serves as production stage manager. Jeffrey Seller is producing.
Sweeney Todd, based on the Christopher Bond play of the same name, 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 original production, which debuted on Broadway in 1979, won eight 1980 Tony Awards including Best Musical, along with Best Actor and Actress nods for original stars Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury. The work has gone on to be regarded by many as one of Sondheim's masterpieces, with its epic, operatic scale letting it be equally at home on the musical theatre stage as it is at the opera house. The musical was revived on Broadway in 1989 and 2005, and Off-Broadway in 2017, all presenting the work on a smaller scale with dramatically smaller orchestrations. A film adaptation, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, was released in 2007.