Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and the Ambassador Theatre Group, Adam Kenwright & Tulchin/Bartner/Bagert Productions announce that Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris lead a ten member cast in the upcoming Broadway production of SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
SWEENEY TODD has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond. The production is directed and designed by John Doyle, with music supervision and orchestrations by Sarah Travis. SWEENEY TODD opens at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Thursday, November 3 following preview performances from Monday, October 3.
Rounding out the ten member cast are: John Arbo (Jonas Fogg), Donna Lynne Champlin (Pirelli), Diana DiMarzio (Beggar Woman), Manoel Felciano (Tobias Ragg), Alexander Gemignani (The Beadle), Mark Jacoby (Judge Turpin), Benjamin Magnuson (Anthony Hope), Lauren Molina (Johanna).
This production of SWEENEY TODD arrives on Broadway from a highly successful London engagement originally staged by the Watermill Theatre, which transferred first to the Trafalgar Studios in London in July 2004 to wide critical acclaim, then into the West End where it ran for a limited engagement closing on February 5, 2005.
This production, which marks the first time SWEENEY TODD has been seen on Broadway in over 16 years, is innovatively staged with 10 talented actor/musicians. "Never has Sondheim's miraculous music theatre been presented more inventively than here," said the London Sunday Times.
SWEENEY TODD is based on the 19th century legend of a London barber, who is driven to crime when a malevolent judge takes his wife and child from him. His plan for revenge includes a cutthroat partnership with Mrs. Lovett, an enterprising businesswomen, who is soon producing the tastiest meat pies in London.
Tickets are available to holders of an American Express card beginning August 21 by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200. The pre-sale will end on September 4, the day that tickets go on sale to the general public. The ticket range is $100-$35. The performance schedule during previews is: Monday - Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday & Saturday at 2pm. The performance schedule starting the week of November 7 is: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday & Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 2pm. Please note that there is no performance on Friday, November 4 and that a performance has been added on Sunday, November 6 at 2pm.
The cast/instrument breakdown is as follow:
Beadle - piano/trumpet
Beggar Woman - clarinet
Anthony - cello
Johanna - cello/tin whistle
Jonas Fogg - double bass
Tobias - violin/clarinet/piano
Pirelli - piano/accordian/flute
Judge Turpin - trumpet/percussion/glockenspiel
Mrs. Lovett- percussion/glockenspiel/tuba
Sweeney Todd - guitar/percussion