Off-Broadway’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ Sets 2 New Leads + More New York Theater News

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On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights!

The pie shop gets new management.
Off-Broadway’s immersive production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” has announced that Thom Sesma and Sally Ann Triplett will take over the tuner’s respective leading roles beginning Feb. 27. They replace current stars Hugh Panaro and Carolee Carmello, who will depart the production Feb. 25. Directed by Bill Buckhurst, the piece is running at the Barrow Street Theatre indefinitely.

“Farinelli” welcomes a new company member.
Though it just opened in December, Broadway’s “Farinelli and the King” will see a bit of casting turnover. Beginning Jan. 9, stage veteran Simon Jones will play the role of John Rich, taking over for original company member Colin Hurley, who plays his final performance Jan. 7. The play with music, written by Claire van Kampen and starring her husband Mark Rylance, is currently running at the Belasco Theatre.

“The Play That Goes Wrong” will continue to go wrong.
Broadway’s slapstick comedy “The Play That Goes Wrong,” the longest-running play currently on the Great White Way, has released a new block of tickets through July. The laugher, which opened last March at the Lyceum Theatre, now stars Ashley Bryant, Clifton Duncan, Mark Evans, Jonathan Fielding, Alex Mandell, Amelia McClain, and Ashley Reyes.

“Fiddler on the Roof” sets American premiere production in Yiddish.
The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene will produce a Yiddish-language adaptation of Sheldon Harnick’s beloved “Fiddler on the Roof.” Harnick will serve as a consultant for this production, which will begin performances in July at the Edmond J. Safra Theatre at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. This will be the American premiere production of the adaptation, which has not yet announced casting or a creative team.

Albee is coming to Off-Broadway.
Signature Theatre’s forthcoming production of Edward Albee’s “At Home at the Zoo” has announced a full casting. The drama, directed by Drama Desk Award Winner Lila Neugebauer, will star Katie Finneran, Robert Sean Leonard, and Paul Sparks. Performances begin Jan. 30 and will be ongoing on the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center through March 11.

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