The Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd recently welcomed a host a new faces to the pie shop, including Tony nominees Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello as the title demon barber and his pie-baking confidant Mrs. Lovett.
Take a look at the video above as Playbill chats with the new cast at the Barrow Street Theatre.
The Tooting Arts Club staging, directed by Bill Buckhurst, originated in London and transports the audience to a fully-operating pie shop—complete with pre-show dining. Once the performance starts, there’s no escaping the action of the musical—and for the actors, there’s no escape from the spectators, seated at benches and tables around the space.
“You’re in front of people, almost naked,” Lewis says. “They are another character in the show.”
Carmello adds, “I think that’s what people love about it. It’s really in your face, and that’s what makes it different.”
The immersive experience, however, occasionally leads to unexpected audience interaction. Watch above to see what happened when an onstage murder went awry, leaving a bloody surprise for one (thankfully easygoing) theatregoer.
In addition to Lewis and Carmello, the current cast of Sweeney Todd includes Matt Doyle as Anthony, Alex Finke as Johanna, Jamie Jackson as Judge Turpin, John-Michael Lyles as Tobias, Brad Oscar as Beadle Bamford, and Stacie Bono as the Beggar Woman and Adolfo Pirelli.
Norm Lewis, Carolee Carmello, and the New Cast of Sweeney Todd Meet the Press
Performances are scheduled to run through December 31.