Roundabout Brings London's Fleet Street to Broadway with New Sweeney Todd

News   Roundabout Brings London's Fleet Street to Broadway with New Sweeney Todd
 
The Roundabout Theatre Company continues its own Stephen Sondheim celebration as the nonprofit plans to bring the composer's Sweeney Todd currently playing in London to Broadway in the fall.

Director John Doyle — who staged the London run — will rejoin musical director Sarah Travis for the work slated to start rehearsals July stateside for a September start and October opening, a casting notice reveals.

Ambassadors Theatre Group will co-present the work which they currently co-produce with The Watermill Theatre at the West End's New Ambassador Theatre through Feb. 5.

The unique staging casts — as Roundabout's Cabaret revival did — actor-musicians to retell the story of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and company. A cast of nine actors (with no ensemble) will be required to perform on instruments ranging from flute, trumpets and clarinets to piano and double bass.

The new staging of Sweeney Todd — which features music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler — uses the adaptation by Christopher Bond. The story follows a vengeful barber in Victorian England and his neighbor who owns a pie shop that has recently come into favor due to a surplus of meat pies.

The work made its Broadway debut Feb. 6, 1979 starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury — both earned Tony Awards for their turns. Harold Prince directed the 1979 Tony Award winner for Best Musical. The work was also seen in Washington, D.C. as part of the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration with stars Brian Stokes Mitchell and Christine Baranski. The Roundabout Theatre Company found success with its revival of Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins, earning the most awards of the season at the Tony Awards with five honors including Best Revival. The company followed up with this season's revival of the duo's Pacific Overtures and will honor the celebrated composer of Sunday in the Park with George and The Frogs with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre at its upcoming 2005 annual gala.

Roundabout spokersons could not confirm the production.

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