Side by Side: LuPone, Cerveris & Co. Sign CDs with Sondheim at Sweeney Todd Release Event

News   Side by Side: LuPone, Cerveris & Co. Sign CDs with Sondheim at Sweeney Todd Release Event
Current Sweeney Todd stars Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris will sign new cast recordings the Broadway musical alongside composer Stephen Sondheim and the cast at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Jan. 31, the day the Nonesuch release hits stores.

The signing — expected to draw a large crowd — will take place from 10 PM to midnight on stage at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The event is open to the public. Producers have announced regulations for the event: Doors will close promptly at 11 PM, one CD per person will be signed, only this new Sweeney Todd Cast Recording will be signed and CDs will be sold and autographed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

John Doyle directs the new Broadway staging of the Sondheim musical which began previews Oct. 3 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre toward a Nov. 3 opening night.

In a new conceptual take on the vengeful barber, the tale of Sweeney Todd is retold in the confines of an asylum where a distraught Tobias Ragg is locked up. Using only nine chairs, a ladder, and a coffin on two wooden horses on a stage assembled of wooden planks, 10 actor-musicians recreate the characters and events of Victorian era Fleet Street.

The Sondheim score (with the book by Hugh Wheeler from a Christopher Bond adaptation) is performed (in full view of the audience) by the acting company, who play instruments ranging from tuba, trumpet and clarinet to cello, accordion and bass.

The songlist includes "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," "No Place Like London," "The Barber and His Wife," "The Worst Pies in London," "Poor Thing," "My Friends," "Green Finch and Linnet Bird," "Ah, Miss," "Johanna," "Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir," "The Contest," "Wait," "Kiss Me," "Ladies in Their Sensitivities," "Quartet," "Pretty Women," "Epiphany," "A Little Priest," "God, That’s Good!," "Johanna," "By the Sea," "Not While I’m Around," "Parlor Songs," "City on Fire!," "Final Sequence" and "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd." Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris (Assassins) stars in the title role opposite Tony Award winner Patti LuPone (Evita) as the lovable meatpie-maker Mrs. Lovett — her first Broadway musical role in 17 years.

Cerveris and LuPone are joined by John Arbo (musician on Good Vibrations) as Jonas Fogg, Donna Lynne Champlin (Hollywood Arms, James Joyce's The Dead) as Pirelli, Manoel Felciano (Shockheaded Peter, Brooklyn) as Tobias Ragg, Alexander Gemignani (Assassins) as The Beadle, Mark Jacoby ( Man of La Mancha, Show Boat) as Judge Turpin and Broadway newcomers Diana DiMarzio (as Beggar Woman), Benjamin Magnuson (as Anthony Hope) and Lauren Molina (as Johanna).

Tickets for Sweeney Todd at the Eugene O'Neill, 230 West 49 Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or via the link below. For more information, visit

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