Thom Sesma and Sally Ann Triplett Set to Lead SWEENEY TODD at Barrow Street Theatre

Thom Sesma Photo: Lia Chang
Thom Sesma Photo: Lia Chang
Thom Sesma
Photo: Lia Chang

Thom Sesma and Sally Ann Triplett will lead Tooting Arts Club’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Barrow Street Theatre as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, beginning Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

They’ll be joined by Zachary Noah Piser as Tobias, Billy Harrigan Tighe as Anthony and DeLaney Westfall as Johanna.

Hugh Panaro, Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello, Jake Boyd, Eryn LeCroy and John-Michael Lyles will play their final performance on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Current cast members Michael James Leslie Judge Turpin, John Rapson and Stacie Bono, Matt Leisy, Liz Pearce, Danny Rothman and Monet Sabel will continue with the show.

Thom Sesma as Sweeney Todd in Arden Theatre Company's production of Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 2009. (Photo: Mark Garvin)
Thom Sesma as Sweeney Todd in Arden Theatre Company’s production of Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 2005. (Photo: Mark Garvin)

Thom Sesma is no stranger to the role of Sweeney Todd, having starred in productions at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in 1997, and the Arden Theatre Company in 2005

Sesma recently appeared as Count Leo Tolstoy in Discord – The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy (Primary Stages); Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Company). He has starred on Broadway in The Times They Are A-Changin’, Man of La Mancha, La Cage Aux Folles, Search and Destroy. National Tours: The Lion King, Miss Saigon, Titanic. Other Off-Broadway credits include Awake and Sing! (NAATCO/Public Theatre), Othello (Public Theatre), Cymbeline (NYSF), A Hard Heart (Epic Theatre). Regional appearances include McCarter Theatre, Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Signature Theatre, Centre Stage, Music Theatre Wichita, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pasadena Playhouse. TV includes “Madam Secretary,” “Gotham,” “Jessica Jones,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” Over/Under, “Single Ladies” and more. Instagram @thsesma; Twitter @ThomSesmaNYC.

Sweeney Todd, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, and directed by Bill Buckhurst, is now playing at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.SweeneyToddNYC.com.

Performance Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday @ 7:30pm; Friday @ 8:00pm; Saturday @ 2:30pm & 8:00pm; Sunday @2:00pm & 7:30pm

Sweeney Todd features set and costume designs by Simon Kenny, music supervision and arrangements by Benjamin Cox, music direction by Matt Aument, choreography by Georgina Lamb, lighting design by Amy Mae, sound design by Matt Stine, casting by Telsey + Company / Cesar A. Rocha, CSA and production stage management by John Randolph Ferry.

Immersing audiences in a completely new theatrical experience, this production of the classic tale of blood thirsty barber Sweeney Todd and resourceful pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett comes to New York City following sold-out runs in London. Tooting Arts Club first mounted this Sweeney Todd in the winter of 2014 in Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, one of the oldest continuously operating pie shops in London, seating only 35 people at each performance. In 2015, the production made the leap to the West End where Tooting Arts Club recreated Harrington’s in a 69 seat Shaftesbury Avenue venue provided by producer Cameron Mackintosh. The Harrington’s shop environment has once again been brought to life for its US debut in the 130 seat Barrow Street Theatre.

Sweeney Todd is produced by Rachel Edwards, Jenny Gersten, Seaview Productions, Fiona Rudin, Barrow Street Theatre, Jean Doumanian, Rebecca Gold and Nate Koch (Executive Producer).

Based on a Victorian horror story, Sweeney Todd is often considered Sondheim’s greatest masterpiece. It first premiered on Broadway in 1979 at the Uris Theatre (now the Gershwin) and went on to make its West End debut in 1980. The original Broadway production won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. The 2007 Tim Burton film adaptation earned one Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.

Former White House Executive Pastry Chef William “Bill” Yosses (dubbed “the Crust Master” by President Barack Obama) serves as the production’s official pie maker. In keeping with the original Tooting production and the West End transfer, “pie and mash” is available for purchase by audience members prior to every performance, served communally in the pie shop where the production is set. An authentic slice of Victorian London, the traditional “pie and mash” dish consists of a meat pie, a generous helping of mashed potato and hot parsley sauce – otherwise known as “liquor” – which is an optional extra. Both meat and veg pie options are available.

TICKETING & SCHEDULE
Tickets can be purchased online at www.SweeneyToddNYC.com, at the Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow Street at 7th Ave South (Box Office open 1pm daily), or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111. Tickets for performances range in price from $55 to $150. Premium seating is available.

When purchasing tickets, patrons can select an option to add the pie and mash meal to their order for an additional $22.50. The meal also includes a beer, glass of wine, or non-alcoholic beverage to be enjoyed in the pie-shop starting 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to each performance. Please note that this option can only be purchased in advance with tickets.

A limited number of $39 tickets will be made available to every performance of Sweeney Todd via the TodayTix app. The entry period for all performances will begin each performance day at 12:01am EST and continue until winners are notified via email and push notification 2-4 hours before the selected performance begins. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. A photo ID is required for pickup and lottery tickets and seat locations are subject to availability.

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OSLO, THE BAND’S VISIT, SWEENEY TODD, VIETGONE and More Among 2017 Lucille Lortel Award Winners

Jon Hoche, Raymond Lee, Paco Tolson, Jennifer Ikeda and Samantha Quan. Photo: Carol Rosegg

The 2017 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off- Broadway were handed out on Sunday night at the NYU Skirball Center in a ceremonyhosted by actor and comedian Taran Killam. This year’s event was once again a benefit for The Actors Fund.

Award presenters this year included some of the biggest and brightest stars from stage and screen, including: Christy Altomare, Stephanie J. Block, Alex Brightman, Rachel Brosnahan, Bobby Cannavale, Sophia Anne Caruso, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Bobby Conte-Thornton, Nick Cordero, Corey Cott, Laura Dreyfuss, Mike Faist, Gideon Glick, Ari Graynor, Lena Hall, Corey Hawkins, Jayne Houdyshell, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Andy Karl, Keegan-Michael Key, Judith Light, Debi Mazar, Michael McKean, Terrence McNally, Tedra Millan, Jennifer Morrison, Eva Noblezada, Okieriete Onaodowan, Laura Osnes, Annette O’Toole, Annie Parisse, Steve Pasquale, Matthew Perry, Michael Potts, Gayle Rankin, Condola Rashad, Krysta Rodriguez, Cory Michael Smith, Phillipa Soo, Lucas Steele, Sarah Steele, George Takei, Aaron Tveit, and Finn Wittrock.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Outstanding Play
Oslo
Produced by Lincoln Center Theater Written by J.T. Rogers

Anthony Azizi, Dariush Kashani, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Aronov and Daniel Oreskes (l. to r.) in Oslo by J.T. Rogers. Photo by: T. Charles Erickson
Anthony Azizi, Dariush Kashani, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Aronov and Daniel Oreskes (l. to r.) in Oslo by J.T. Rogers. Photo by: T. Charles Erickson

Outstanding Musical
The Band’s Visit
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek, Book by Itamar Moses, Based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin

 Tony Shalhoub and cast in 'The Band's Visit'. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Tony Shalhoub and cast in ‘The Band’s Visit’. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Outstanding Revival
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Produced by Rachel Edwards, Jenny Gersten, Seaview Productions, Nate Koch, Fiona Rudin, Barrow Street Theatre, Jean Doumanian, Rebecca Gold, and Tooting Arts Club
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler, Adaptation by Christopher Bond

Outstanding Solo Show
Notes From The Field
Produced by Second Stage Theatre and American Repertory Theater Created, Written, and Performed by Anna Deavere Smith

Outstanding Director
Bartlett Sher, Oslo

Outstanding Choreographer
David Dorfman, Indecent

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Joe Morton, Turn Me Loose

Joe Morton in TURN ME LOOSE. Photo: Monique Carboni
Joe Morton in TURN ME LOOSE. Photo: Monique Carboni

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Ben Platt (center) and members of the cast of Dear Evan Hansen Photo by: Matthew Murphy
Ben Platt (center) and members of the cast of Dear Evan Hansen Photo by: Matthew Murphy

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov, Oslo

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Randy Graff, The Babylon Line

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Joel Perez, Sweet Charity

Emily Padgett, Donald Jones, Jr., Sutton Foster, Joel Perez, Cody Williams. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni
Emily Padgett, Donald Jones, Jr., Sutton Foster, Joel Perez, Cody Williams. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen

Outstanding Scenic Design
Laura Jellinek, A Life

Outstanding Costume Design
Susan Hilferty, Love, Love, Love

Outstanding Lighting Design
Mark Barton, Signature Plays: Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés’ Drowning, Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro

Outstanding Sound Design
Mikhail Fiksel, A Life

Outstanding Projection Design
Jared Mezzocchi, Vietgone

Jon Hoche, Raymond Lee, Paco Tolson, Jennifer Ikeda and Samantha Quan. Photo: Carol Rosegg
Jon Hoche, Raymond Lee, Paco Tolson, Jennifer Ikeda and Samantha Quan. Photo: Carol Rosegg

HONORARY AWARDS
Lifetime Achievement Award
William Ivey Long

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee
Lynn Nottage

Edith Oliver Service to Off-Broadway Award
Harold Wolpert

The Off-Broadway League’s Lortel Awards Producing & Administration Committee (Pamela Adams, Terry Byrne, Margaret Cotter, Carol Fishman, George Forbes, Danielle Karliner Naish, Michael Page, Catherine Russell, Lindsey Sag and Seth Shepsle) produces the Lortel Awards ceremony. Acclaimed writer/director Michael Heitzman returned to direct the Lortel Awards for the eighth consecutive year. The Lucille Lortel Awards is produced by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation. Additional support is provided by Theatre Development Fund.

Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, in addition to theatre journalists and academics and other Off-Broadway professionals, serve on the Voting Committee.

SKELETON CREW, PACIFIC OVERTURES, TURN ME LOOSE and More Among 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Award Nominees

Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, has announced the nominees for the 7th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2016-2017 season.

Awards will be presented in seven competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Musical Revival, Best Play Revival, Best Unique Theatrical Experience, Best Solo Performance, and Best Family Show. Winners in all categories will be selected by secret ballot by members of the awards committee of the Off Broadway Alliance.

In addition to the competitive awards, six Off Broadway Alliance Legend of Off Broadway Awards are being presented for sustained achievement in the world of Off Broadway. The 2017 Legend of Off Broadway recipients are Harvey Fierstein, Athol Fugard, Israel Horowitz, Charlotte Moore, Estelle Parsons, and Paula Vogel. The 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Hall of Fame Award will be presented posthumously to Signature Theatre founder James Houghton.

Winners will be announced on May 16th. A complete list of nominees follows.

NOMINEES AND HONORARY AWARD RECIPIENTS 2017 OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE AWARDS

 Tony Shalhoub and cast in 'The Band's Visit'. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Tony Shalhoub and cast in ‘The Band’s Visit’. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Best New Musical
THE BAND’S VISIT
ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME
HADESTOWN
OTHELLO: THE REMIX
THE VIEW UPSTAIRS

Jason Dirden and Nikiya Mathis in Atlantic Theater Company’s Skeleton Crew. Photo by Ahron R. Foster
Jason Dirden and Nikiya Mathis in Atlantic Theater Company’s Skeleton Crew. Photo by Ahron R. Foster

Best New Play
CHURCH AND STATE
DANIEL’S HUSBAND
INDECENT
SKELETON CREW
SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS
THE WOLVES

Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus

Best Musical Revival
FINIAN’S RAINBOW
THE GOLDEN BRIDE
PACIFIC OVERTURES
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
SWEET CHARITY

Emily Padgett, Donald Jones, Jr., Sutton Foster, Joel Perez, Cody Williams. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni
Emily Padgett, Donald Jones, Jr., Sutton Foster, Joel Perez, Cody Williams. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Best Play Revival
THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD AKA THE NEGRO BOOK OF THE DEAD
THE EMPEROR JONES
THE HAIRY APE
OTHELLO
PICNIC

Mirirai Sithole, Amelia Workman, David Ryan Smith, Nike Kadri, Jamar Williams with Roslyn Ruff and Daniel J. Watts (center). Photo: Joan Marcus
Mirirai Sithole, Amelia Workman, David Ryan Smith, Nike Kadri, Jamar Williams with Roslyn Ruff and Daniel J. Watts (center). Photo: Joan Marcus

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
HER OPPONENT
PUFFS
SPAMILTON
TAYLOR MAC – A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC
VANITY FAIR

Ryan Quinn, Kate Hamill, Tom O’Keefe, Debargo Sanyal and Joey Parsons in a scene from The Pearl Theater Co.’s “Vanity Fair” Photo credit: Russ Rowland
Ryan Quinn, Kate Hamill, Tom O’Keefe, Debargo Sanyal and Joey Parsons in a scene from The Pearl Theater Co.’s “Vanity Fair” Photo credit: Russ Rowland

Best Solo Performance
Chris Gethard, CAREER SUICIDE
Marin Ireland, ON THE EXHALE
Sarah Jones, SELL/BUY/DATE
Joe Morton, TURN ME LOOSE
Anna Deveare Smith, NOTES FROM THE FIELD

Joe Morton in TURN ME LOOSE. Photo: Monique Carboni
Joe Morton in TURN ME LOOSE. Photo: Monique Carboni

Best Family Show
1001 NIGHTS: A LOVE STORY ABOUT Loving STORIES
THE COMMEDIA CINDERELLA
LOVE THAT DOG
PIP’S ISLAND
WONDERLAND: ALICE’S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE

Bobby Cannavale (center) stars in Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape, directed by Richard Jones, at the Park Avenue Armory. © Stephanie Berger
Bobby Cannavale (center) stars in Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape, directed by Richard Jones, at the Park Avenue Armory. © Stephanie Berger

Legend of Off Broadway Honorees
Harvey Fierstein
Athol Fugard
Israel Horowitz
Charlotte Moore
Estelle Parsons
Paula Vogel

Hall of Fame Award
James Houghton

The Off Broadway Alliance is a non-profit corporation organized by theater professionals dedicated to supporting, promoting and encouraging the production of Off Broadway theater and to making live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences. The Alliance holds monthly meetings and membership is open to everyone in the Off Broadway theater community.

Among its initiatives, The Off Broadway Alliance sponsors 20at20, the event that runs twice a year for 20 days and lets theatergoers purchase $20 tickets to dozens of Off Broadway shows 20 minutes before curtain. It also produces a free Seminar Series focusing on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway featuring major players from the Off Broadway scene. The Alliance operates the OBA Mentorship Program, which provides new producers with guidance and direction from Off Broadway veterans. And the Alliance created the Off Broadway Economic Impact Report, which outlines Off Broadway’s over $500 million annual impact on the economy of the City of New York.

For more information, visit www.OffBroadwayAlliance.com.

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