Immersive Sweeney Todd to Welcome Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello
A pair of Tony nominees will take over as stars of the Tooting Arts Club production.
Tooting Arts Club's upcoming New York City revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street has announced the stars that will join the leading company in April 2017. They will continue the run of the production that is set to begin performances February 14, 2017 in advance of a March 1 opening at the Barrow Street Theatre.
Tony nominees Norm Lewis (The Phantom of the Opera) and Carolee Carmello (Finding Neverland) will take on the roles of Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, which will be originated in the Tooting Arts Club production by Jeremy Secomb and Siobhán McCarthy, respectively. Also joining the cast this April will be Jamie Jackson (as Judge Turpin) and John-Michael Lyles (as Tobias), taking over for Duncan Smith (Judge Turpin) and Joseph Taylor (Tobias).
Matt Doyle (Anthony), Alex Finke (Johanna), Betsy Morgan (Pirelli & Beggar Woman), and Brad Oscar (The Beadle) will continue with the production. The cast also includes Colin Anderson, Liz Pearce, and Monet Sabel.
Winner of eight Tony Awards and 11 Drama Desk Awards, Sweeney Todd tells the story of a barber who seeks vengeance on what he sees as a merciless world by murdering his customers and, with the help of his landlady, baking their bodies into meat pies.
Featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, the Tooting Arts Club production of Sweeney Todd is directed by Bill Buckhurst. The production comes to Manhattan following sold-out runs in London where the show debuted in Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, the oldest continuously operating pie shop in Britain. Directed by Bill Buckhurst, the working pie-shop environment will be re-created at the Barrow Street.