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Theo Ubique has announced their casting for SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, running March 9 – April 29 in the intimate No Exit Café, which will be transformed into an immersive Mrs. Lovett’s Pie Shop.
Opera Singer Philip Torre has been cast in the title role, with Jacquelyne Jones taking on Mrs. Lovett. Cecilia Iole will play Johanna – whom she also portrayed in Paramount’s production last year. Nathan Carroll is Anthony Hope, Frankie Leo Bennett is Tobias Ragg, and Ryan Armstrong is Adolfo Pirelli, John B. Leen will portray Judge Turpin, along with Kevin Webb as Beadle Bamford. Megan Elk plays The Beggar Woman, and the ensemble is rounded out by Grant Brown, Hope Schafer, Missy Wise and Trevor Vanderzee.
Top row L-R: Philip Torre, Jacquelyne Jones, Cecilia Iole, Nathan Carroll. Middle row L-R: John B. Leen, Megan Elk, Kevin Webb, Frankie Leo Bennett, Ryan Armstrong. Bottom row: Grant Brown, Hope Schafer, Trevor Vanderzee, Missy Wise.
Director Fred Anzevino says, “We’ve always wanted to do SWEENEY in the No Exit Café. The No Exit, with its long history as an intellectual’s coffee house, an illegal card gambling club men’s club, and its occasional reports of ghost sightings will feel like a character in the show. As one of its former owners once said, the No Exit Café fosters its own brand of offbeat magic and fun. SWEENEY TODD, with its blend of comedy and the macabre, will be a great piece to serve as our last full musical theatre production in the space.” (The company’s final production in the café before their move to Howard street will be a retrospective revue entitled LAST CALL AT NO EXIT, June 15 – July 22.)
The creative team includes Jeremy Ramey (music director), James Beaudry (choreographer), Courtney Crouse (assistant director), Ben Lipinski (scenic designer), Bill Morey (costume designer), James Kolditz (lighting designer), Aji Slater (props designer) and R & D Choreography (fight choreography). Mina Slater will stage manage and Darren Hill is the dialect coach.
More info at www.theo-u.org.