Best known for her energetic performances in Chicago, Mack and Mabel and the film “Moulin Rouge”, multi-talented Caroline O’Connor will now step into Mrs Lovett’s shoes as part of a starry cast for the Théâtre du Châtelet’s production of Sweeney Todd.
It is scheduled for four weeks from April 22 to May 21. Lee Blakeley, who staged A Little Night Music at Théâtre du Châtelet last season, will direct the English-language production.
Operatic baritone Rodney Gilfry, or Rod as he’s billed in a muscial role, recently acclaimed on Broadway in South Pacific and the Châtelet production of The Sound of Music, will alternate with Franco Pomponi as the villainous barber.
Completing the largely operatic cast are Jonathan Best as Judge Turpin, John Graham-Hall as Beadle Bamford, David Curry as Pirelli, Nicholas Garrett as Anthony, Rebecca Bottone as Joanna, Pascal Chardonneau as Tobias and Rebecca de Pont Davis as the Beggarwoman.
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