Jerry Lanning, who had been portraying Larry in the Company mounting, was forced to withdraw from the production due to an injury. A spokesman for the Kennedy Center had no further details. Charles, who stars as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, is now playing Lanning's role. Company's last performance is June 29, and Sweeney Todd runs through June 30.
Charles has starred on Broadway in Grease, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Sweeney Todd, Cats, La Cage aux Folles, Aspects of Love and the Tony winning revival of Kiss Me, Kate. Off-Broadway he appeared in Wit, and he has been seen on screen in "A Fine Mess," "Weeds," "Fletch Lives," "Law & Order," "Cagney & Lacey" and "All My Children."
The six musicals that comprise the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration are Sweeney Todd, Company Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along, Passion and A Little Night Music. Tickets for each production range from $29-$79 and can be purchased by calling (800) 444 1324. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is located in Washington, D.C., at 2700 F. Street. For more information, go to www.kennedy-center.org.
—By Andrew Gans