Lewis Will Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd at Casa Maņana

By Adam Hetrick
23 Oct 2009

Sweeney Todd star Norm Lewis
Sweeney Todd star Norm Lewis

Norm Lewis will lend his baritone to the title role of Sweeney Todd, the dark Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, at the Casa Maņana Theatre beginning Nov. 10.

Gabriel Barre, who staged The Wild Party, Almost, Maine and Summer of '42 Off-Broadway, helms the production that will run through Nov. 15 in Fort Worth, TX.

Lewis, who also appeared in the thriller for the Signature Theater in 1999, is the latest veteran of Broadway's Side Show to tackle Sondheim's bloodthirsty protagonist. His former co-stars Jeff McCarthy and Emily Skinner currently star in the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma production of Sweeney Todd.

The cast of Sweeney Todd will also feature Joy Hermalyn as Mrs. Lovett, Walter Charles as Judge Turpin, Michael Brian Dunn as Pirelli, Daniel R. Johnson as Anthony, Christopher Michael Kauffmann as Tobias, Mary Jo Mecca as Beggar Woman, Brian Ray Norris as Beadle Bamford and Michelle Thompson as Johanna.

The ensemble features Jennifer Cannon, Sarah Comley, James DiMarino, Tyler Donahue, Glenn Franklin, Laura Harryman, Trevor Haueisen, Joanna Jacobs Brian Mathis, Lauren Paige Patterson, Kristi Rowan, Paul Sabala and Dennis Yslas.

The Tony-winning musical centers on a vengeful London barber whose customers mysteriously disappear after sitting in his chair. His accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, assists Todd in disposing of the evidence by turning victims into mincemeat. Literally.

The creative team includes John Bartenstein (lighting design), Anne Bruskiewitz (costume design), Abigail McLaurin (scenic designer) and Elaine Davidson (music director).

Sweeney Todd, considered by many to be Stephen Sondheim's masterwork, features a book by Hugh Wheeler. The original production, helmed by Harold Prince, was set in a vast foundry, depicting the effects of the industrial revolution on humanity. It won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it premiered on Broadway in 1979 starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury.

The 2005 Broadway revival, directed by John Doyle, featured a reduced cast all of whom played instruments as well as their respective roles. This production, starring Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone, was reconceived in an insane asylum and earned two Tony Awards.

Norm Lewis most recently appeared in the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid as King Triton. His Broadway roles also include Captains Courageous, A New Brain, Dreamgirls and the Encores! presentation of Golden Boy.

For tickets phone (817) 332-2272 or visit CasaMaņana.