Aaron Tveit, Sutton Foster join ‘Sweeney Todd’ Broadway cast
The Tony Award-winning actors will assume the lead roles of Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, currently played by Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford in the musical.
The Tony Award winners will respectively replace Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford, who both earned 2023 Tony nominations for their leading performances in the production. As previously announced, they will depart the show on January 14.
Tveit will then step into the role of Sweeney Todd, his first Broadway role since he originated the lead, Christian, in Moulin Rouge! The Musical. That role earned him his Tony Award in 2021, and he reprised his performance for a limited run earlier this year. He is also known for his performances in Wicked, Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray, and Rent.
Foster will star opposite him as Mrs. Lovett. Her last Broadway role was Marian Paroo in the 2021 revival of The Music Man, which earned her a Tony nomination the following year. She has earned six additional nominations throughout her career, and she is a two-time winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes. Her other credits include Violet and Little Women.
Tveit and Foster will perform in Sweeney Todd for 12 weeks only, through May 5. In between Groban and Ashford's departure and Tveit and Foster's arrival, current cast members will play the lead roles. These include Nicholas Christopher, the standby for Sweeney Todd, and Jeanna de Waal, the standby for Mrs. Lovett and Beggar Woman.
The current cast of Sweeney Todd on Broadway also includes Gaten Matarazzo as Tobias, Daniel Yearwood as Anthony, Ruthie Ann Miles as the Beggar Woman, Maria Bilbao as Johanna, Jamie Jackson as Judge Turpin, John Rapson as Beadle Bamford.
Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd centers on a “demon barber,” the title character, who plots revenge on a corrupt judge who wronged his family. However, with the help of pie shop owner Mrs. Lovett, his plot turns into a murder spree.
This revival, directed by Thomas Kail, earned eight 2023 Tony nominations and has played since February.
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Photo credit: Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)
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