Immersive Sweeney Todd finds New Sweeney

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Producers of the Tooting Arts Club production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street are pleased to announce that Hugh Panaro (as Sweeney Todd) with Jake Boyd (as Anthony), Eryn LeCroy (as Johanna), Michael James Leslie (as Judge Turpin) and John Rapson (as The Beadle) will join that cast including Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello (as Mrs. Lovett), Stacie Bono (as Pirelli & Beggar Woman) and John-Michael Lyles (as Tobias) beginning Tuesday, August 29 at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.SweeneyToddNYC.com.

Sweeney Todd is on sale through December 31, 2017. Beginning Monday, July 24 at 10am, the producers are partnering with TodayTix to launch a pre-sale for first-access to a limited number of reduced-price tickets available exclusively via the TodayTix app for performances Tuesday, September 5 through Sunday, October 29. Tickets start at $59, and will be for a range of seating types and locations within the pie-shop setting. TodayTix will also continue to run the mobile lottery for Sweeney Todd, providing access to $39 tickets for all performances with entries accepted from midnight to four hours prior to performance daily. For access to the pre-sale or for more info, download the TodayTix mobile app or visit www.todaytix.com

Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis plays his final performance on Sunday, August 13 with David Michael Garry playing the role of Sweeney Todd from Tuesday, August 15 to Sunday, August 27. Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar plays his final performance on Sunday, August 20 with Colin Anderson playing the role of The Beadle from Tuesday, August 22 to Sunday, August 27. Matt DoyleAlex Finke, and Jamie Jackson play their final performance as Anthony, Johanna, and Judge Turpin (respectively) on Sunday, August 27. The cast also includes Matt Leisy, Liz Pearce, Danny Rothman, Monet Sabel and Anne Tolpegin.

Sweeney Todd features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, and is directed by BillBuckhurst. It features set and costume designs by Simon Kenny, music supervision and arrangements by Benjamin Cox, music direction by Matt Aument, choreography by Georgina Lamb, lighting design by Amy Mae, sound design by Matt Stine,casting by Telsey + Company / Cesar A. Rocha, CSA and production stage management by John Randolph Ferry.

Immersing audiences in a completely new theatrical experience, this production of the classic tale of blood thirsty barber Sweeney Todd and resourceful pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett comes to New York City following sold-out runs in London. Tooting Arts Club first mounted this Sweeney Todd in the winter of 2014 in Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, one of the oldest continuously operating pie shops in London, seating only 35 people at each performance. In 2015, the production made the leap to the West End where Tooting Arts Club recreated Harrington’s in a 69 seat Shaftesbury Avenue venue provided by producer Cameron Mackintosh. The Harrington’s shop environment has once again been brought to life for its US debut in the 130 seat Barrow Street Theatre.

Sweeney Todd is produced by Rachel EdwardsJenny GerstenSeaview ProductionsFiona RudinBarrow Street TheatreJean DoumanianRebecca Gold and Nate Koch (Executive Producer).

Based on a Victorian horror story, Sweeney Todd is often considered Sondheim’s greatest masterpiece. It first premiered on Broadway in 1979 at the Uris Theatre (now the Gershwin) and went on to make its West End debut in 1980. The original Broadway production won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. The 2007 Tim Burton film adaptation earned one Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. 

Former White House Executive Pastry Chef William “Bill” Yosses (dubbed “the Crust Master” by President Barack Obama) serves as the production’s official pie maker. In keeping with the original Tooting production and the West End transfer, “pie and mash” is available for purchase by audience members prior to every performance, served communally in the pie shop where the production is set. An authentic slice of Victorian London, the traditional “pie and mash” dish consists of a meat pie, a generous helping of mashed potato and hot parsley sauce – otherwise known as “liquor” – which is an optional extra. Both meat and veg pie options are available.

TICKETING & SCHEDULE

Full priced tickets can be purchased online at www.SweeneyToddNYC.com, at the Barrow Street Theatre box office located at 27 Barrow Street between 7thAvenue and West 4th Street (open 7 days per week starting at 1pm), or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111. Premium seating is available.

When purchasing tickets, patrons can select an option to add the pie and mash meal to their order for an additional $22.50. The meal also includes a beer, glass of wine, or non-alcoholic beverage to be enjoyed in the pie-shop starting 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to each performance. Please note that this option can only be purchased in advance with tickets.

A limited number of $39 tickets are made available to every performance of Sweeney Todd via the TodayTix app. The entry period for all performances begins each performance day at 12:01am EST and continue until winners are notified via email and push notification 2-4 hours before the selected performance begins. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. A photo ID is required for pickup and lottery tickets and seat locations are subject to availability.

$39 student rush tickets are offered to every performance, based on availability, one ticket per valid student ID A wait-list begins daily at 1:00pm. Names can be added to the list by calling 212-243-6262. Tickets will be sold just prior to curtain.

Performance Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday @ 7:30pm; Friday@ 8:00pm; Saturday @ 2:30pm & 8:00pm; Sunday @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm

BIOGRAPHIES FOR NEW CAST MEMBERS

HUGH PANARO (Sweeney Todd) is perhaps best known for playing The Phantom in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 performances including the 25th Anniversary. Hugh is one of the few actors to be cast as both The Phantom and Raoul on Broadway. Hugh made his Broadway debut in the original production of Les Misérables as Marius. He went on to originate roles in Side Show, The Red Shoes, Martin Guerre, & Lestat receiving an Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination. He made his West End debut in Harold Prince's Show Boat as Ravenal. Regionally, Hugh’s performances as Jean Valjeanearned him the Barrymore Award & St. Louis Theater Circle Award. In 2012, Hugh received the Edwin Forrest Award. Hugh has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the world & toured Europe with Barbra Streisand. Twitter: @realhughpanaro

JAKE BOYD (Anthony Hope). Broadway: Rock of Ages (Franz). National Tour: Wicked (Fiyero). Off-Broadway: The Last Smoker In America (Jimmy), MCC’s Carrie. Regional: Bull Durham (Jimmy) at The Alliance, Be More Chill (Jake) at Two River. TV: “The Sound of Music LIVE!”, “Law and Order: SVU”, “Blue Bloods”, “All My Children”, “Are We There Yet?”, “30 Rock”, “The Tap” (pilot). Education: University of Alabama. @JaykeBoid

ERYN LeCROY (Johanna Barker). Off-Broadway debut! World Premiere: Sousatzka (Young Sousatzka). National Tour: Jekyll and Hyde (Emma Carew). Encores! Off-Center: Assassins. NYC Workshop: Flying Over Sunset (Anne Brokaw) with Second Stage Theatre. Regional: My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle) and Nice Work If You Can Get It (Eileen Evergreen) with MacHaydn Theatre. BM, Oklahoma City University. NFAA YoungArts Alumna. Much love and gratitude to the entire Sweeney and Barrow Street Theatre team, Cesar and Telsey & Co, my family, Matt, DauriShippey, and all my teachers and mentors. @erynlecroy

MICHAEL JAMES LESLIE (Judge Turpin) is a Cornell Law graduate who made his theater debut in the 1977 Broadway revival of Hair.  Other productions include: Senator Joe(Broadway), National Tour of Beauty and the BeastAin’tMisbehavin’Man of La ManchaThe Music of Andrew Lloyd WebberCall Me MadamSweeney ToddOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestMy One and Only, and A Christmas Carol.  Michael has also appeared on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” "The Conan O’Brien Show”, and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”  He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by the Denver Post Ovation Awards for Little Shop of Horrors, and Best Featured Actor in a Musical or Revue in Chicago for Once on This Island in 2010

JOHN RAPSON (Beadle Bamford). Most recently, John originated the role of The D’Ysquith Family on the first national tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Broadway: Les Misérables (Grantaire/Bamatabois, u/s Javert and Thenardier), Tour and Regional: Les Misérables (Papermill Playhouse/Mirvish), Disney on Classic (with the Tokyo Philharmonic),Sweeney Todd(Barrington Stage), Brigadoon (Wagon Wheel). Graduate of the University of Michigan, BFA Musical Theatre. Infinite thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Alex, Stella, Chris and the phenomenal gents of CGF, Telsey & Co, the whole Sweeney team and Kristen! John could not be more thrilled to be a part of this extraordinary production of his favorite show! 

ABOUT TODAYTIX

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Trevor Chauvin