Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Broadway: “Sweeney Todd” Lures Tony Winners Sutton Foster, Aaron Tveit to Take Over from Josh Groban, Annaleigh Ashford


Well, this is good news.

We knew that Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford were leaving “Sweeney Todd” on January 14, 2024. It’s a shame, but they’re probably exhausted.

Now comes word that Tony winners Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit are coming in to play Mrs. Lovett and Benjamin Barker, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

The producers pulled off a coup because usually big stars don’t want to take over parts if they can’t get Tony nominations. But these two probably just wanted to be in “Sweeney Todd.” I mean, who doesn’t?

The new duo starts February 9th after Foster finishes up an Encores! at City Center of “Once Upon a Mattress.” I guess the understudies will hold forth through January. No word yet on who will play Tobias. Gaten Matarazzo has to get back to “Stranger Things” and is leaving soon.

I could see “Sweeney Todd” once a month and be happy. Keep going, guys!

Roger Friedman
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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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