December 2, 2023

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Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster star in “Sweeney Todd” on Broadway

Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster star in “Sweeney Todd” on Broadway

Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster head to Fleet Street.

The Rialto family joins the cast of Broadway’s “Sweeney Todd” as the “Demon Barber” and his partner in crime (literally) Mrs. Lovett. Tveit and Foster will begin the shows on February 9, 2024, and will leave the show after 12 weeks on May 5.

They replace Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford, who were nominated for Tony Awards for their roles and will take their final bows on January 14.

Thomas Kail (“Hamilton”) directed the latest revival of Stephen Sondheim’s apocalyptic musical, which opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater earlier in 2023. It has been well-received and well-attended on Broadway, where it regularly plays to full audiences and has won two Tony Awards.

“Sweeney Todd” tells the story of a vengeful barber and a resourceful pie shop owner. After Sweeney Todd is fired by a corrupt judge, he returns to London years later in search of his family. He forms an unlikely alliance with Mrs. Lovett, who serves exotic pies below his shop. The show opened on Broadway in 1979 (and returned for several revivals) and was made into a 2007 film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.

Tveit was last on Broadway in “Moulin Rouge: The Musical,” which earned him the first Tony win of his busy career. He also starred in “Catch Me If You Can,” “Next to Normal,” “Wicked,” and “Hairspray.” On big and small screens, he has appeared in the Apple TV+ series “Schmigadoon,” “Grease: Live,” “Les Miserables,” and “Gossip Girl.”

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Foster was recently in the sold-out Broadway revival of “The Music Man” opposite Hugh Jackman. She will next appear in the upcoming adaptation of “Once Upon a Mattress” as Princess Winifred in January 2024, before moving on to “Sweeney Todd.” Among other Broadway favorites, Foster won Tony Awards for “Anything Goes” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and also appeared in “Les Miserables,” “Annie” and “Grease.” On television, Foster led the popular comedy series “Younger” for seven seasons.