Josh Groban, Annaleigh Ashford kill on Broadway

Xavier Roger


NEW YORK – Don’t call him “Teeny Todd.” 

After three stripped-down revivals – most recently off-Broadway in 2017, set in an immersive pie shop – “Sweeney Todd” swings his razor once again in a sumptuous and thrilling production that has quickly become Broadway’s hottest new ticket

“Sweeney,” which opened Sunday at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, is directed by Thomas Kail (“Hamilton” and “In the Heights”). Set in 19th-century London, the musical thriller follows a bloodthirsty barber (Josh Groban) as he returns home with a new moniker to seek revenge on the nefarious Judge Turpin (Jamie Jackson), who wrongfully imprisoned him for 15 years. He teams up with the deranged Mrs. Lovett (Annaleigh Ashford), who pushes pies below his barbershop and helps dispense of Sweeney’s victims in gruesome and unsavory fashion. 

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Like the 1979 Broadway original, which starred Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou, Kail’s production is jaw-dropping in its scale. The centerpiece of Mimi Lien’s shapeshifting scenic design is an enormous, multitiered factory crane that lurches over the cast and audience throughout the show: air-dropping Sweeney’s death-dealing barber chair, and at one point, doubling as an insane asylum.


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