Josh Groban will miss performances of Sweeney Todd. In Groban’s absence, Pirelli stand-in Nicholas Christopher will portray the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Read More…
Josh Groban Will Miss Performances Of Sweeney Todd
Due to a sinus infection, Josh Groban will be unable to perform in the title role during the evening performance on March 17 or the matinée performance on March 18. Also, Groban was absent on March 16th.
The production has now officially stated that he will also miss the March 17 and 18 matinée performances. Groban is slated to return to the musical for the evening performance on March 18th at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
Standby Nicholas Christopher, who regularly plays Pirelli in the show, will play Sweeney Todd for the performances. Daniel Torres will serve as Pirelli’s understudy.
Groban stated in a story shared on his Instagram account: “I never want to let anybody down. And to any fan who has a ticket for tonight, you’re in the most capable hand of the brilliant Nicholas Christopher.” He added that he’s “on lots of meds and resting,” and that “I can’t wait to get back up there.”
Mrs. Lovett to Groban’s Sweeney, Annaleigh Ashford, usually shares the stage with Groban. Jonathan Tunick‘s entire 26-piece orchestration will be heard on Broadway for the first time since the 1979 original production, directed by three-time Tony winner Alex Lacamoire. The revival is now in previews and will be released on March 26. Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is in charge.
The original Broadway production premiered in 1979. In 1980, it received eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, while Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury were nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. Because of its epic, operatic size, this work is now widely regarded as one of Sondheim’s masterpieces, and it is as at home on the stage of a musical theater production as it is in an opera house. The musical was recreated on Broadway in 1989 and 2005, as well as off-Broadway in 2017, all on a reduced scale with much lower orchestrations. A Tim Burton-directed version starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter was released in 2007.