Monday, July 15, 2024

Broadway: Josh Groban, Annaleigh Ashford Eyed for $14 Million “Sweeney Todd” Next Spring


Is it true? I don’t know. But the blog says the following.

“Hamilton” produced Jeffrey Seller is raising $14.5 million to stage a super duper version of “Sweeney Todd” next spring.

Seller, the blog says, has lined up Josh Groban to play Sweeney, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Annaleigh Ashford to play the kooky but in-love Mrs. Lovett, baker of the best pies in London.

Thomas Kail, of “Hamilton” fame, would direct.

“Sweeney Todd” is my all time favorite musical. I’ve seen it in every form, including in a bake shop. So I hope this story is correct. After “Company” set Broadway on fire, and “Into the Woods” is going strong, we need more Sondheim!

There’s also a revival of “Merrily We Roll Along” heading to New York Theatre Arts Workshop with Daniel Radcliffe heading up the cast.

Groban and Ashford are perfect. Now, who to play Anthony? Is Josh Henry too old? (Maybe. Groban is kind of a young Sweeney.) There are plenty of choices for all the roles, that’s for sure.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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