A brand new immersive adaptation of the classic musical Sweeny Todd has just re-opened off-Broadway. This revival of Sweeny Todd has just officially opened at the Barrow Street Theatre as of March 1st.
The London-based Tooting Arts Club first premiered their more intimate version of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical in an actual meat pie shop in the British capital. Tooting Arts Club’s performance was so successful in the U.K. that they decided to try their luck in NYC a few months ago.
Designers have converted the Barrow Street Theatre into a working meat pie shop for Tooting Arts Club’s production. Audience members can purchase real meat pies with mashed potatoes and hot parsley sauce before the show starts. There are also vegetarian pies available for any herbivores in the crowd.
Jeremy Secomb plays the “demon barber” Sweeney Todd in this production. Secomb is perhaps best known to Londoners for his West End portrayal of Javert in Les Misérables.
Playing the wonderfully witty Mrs. Lovett is Irish actress Siobhán McCarthy. In addition to stage work, McCarthy has appeared on numerous television shows including Bad Girls and Holby City.
A few other actors in this production include Duncan Smith as Judge Turpin, Matt Doyle as Anthony, and Joseph Taylor as Tobais. All of these original cast members will play their roles from March 1st till April 9th in NYC.
When April 11th rolls around, Norm Lewis is expected to take on the role of Sweeney Todd. Carolee Carmello will play Mrs. Lovett after Siobhán McCarthy leaves in April.
Since this production is extremely intimate, the score has been re-imagined for just three musicians. Critics have almost unanimously praised this production of Sondheim’s epic tale of love, loss, and revenge.
Interested theatre buffs can now order tickets for this production of Sweeney Todd online through August 13th.