Sweeney Todd's Close Shave: LuPone and Cerveris to Stay Put Through Thanksgiving
Despite the predictions by many -- including me -- that Sweeney Todd would win the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, the show lost by a, well, hair to The Pajama Game. That loss has most likely contributed to its further decline at the box office, where the show was off 16.3% from two weeks ago with only 42.5% of the seats filled. That resulted in Sweeney Todd placing second to last among all current Broadway shows in overall capacity (only the widely-panned Hot Feet fared worse).
Despite the box office slide, it's been announced that the celebrated duo of Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris will soldier on through Thanksgiving in the roles that earned each of them Tony nominations. Although LuPone will be absent in mid-August (August 11-13) for her turn as Rose in Illinois-based Ravinia Festival's Gypsy, her continued presence in Sweeney Todd underscores her commitment to this outstanding, dark Sondheim tuner that frankly deserved the Tony and continues to deserve a larger audience.
Fortunately, the producers are making it easier (read: less expensive) to get tickets for Sweeney Todd -- theatregoers can receive up to $50 off the regular ticket pricing on performances through August 27. The pricing schedule includes:
- $60 for Tuesdays at 7 pm, Wednesdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Thursdays at 8 pm
- $70 for Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.
Be sure to use Code Number ST83PBX when ordering tickets.
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