Tony winner Aaron Tveit and two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster will join the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, succeeding original stars Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford. Tveit and Foster will step in as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, respectively, for a 12-week limited run beginning February 9, 2024.
As previously reported, Groban and Ashford will play their final performances January 14, 2024.
Tveit was most recently seen on Broadway as Christian in Moulin Rouge!, which earned him a 2020 Tony Award. Foster recently starred as Marian Paroo in the 2022 revival of The Music Man, for which she received her seventh Tony nomination as well as the once-in-a-career Drama League Distinguished Performance Award.
The Broadway revival of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical began performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre February 26, 2023, with an official opening March 26. Thomas Kail directs. The production 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).
The current cast, led by Groban and Ashford, also features Gaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things) as Tobias through November 5, with replacement casting to be announced; 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.
The revival 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 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.