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In the Broadway revival of "Sweeney Todd," Josh Groban Gets His Dream Role

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Author/Atul K Rawat

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Josh Groban, who has not appeared on Broadway since 2016, has landed one of his dream roles in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

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The "You Raise Me Up" singer, who has long admired the musical score of the performance, will portray the titular demon barber. Up until 2020, he even owned a dog by the name of Sweeney.

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In an interview with The New York Times, Groban said, "I was never a song-and-dance man, so for me to have roles that were cerebral, were tough, and interesting—and baritone—these were roles I felt I could really sink my teeth into." 

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This is undoubtedly one of those parts for me. "We all have these roles that we say to ourselves, "If this were ever to happen, I would give it everything that I've got,"" she said.

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Groban will be joined on stage by Tony Award-winning actress Annaleigh Ashford, who will play Mrs. Lovett, as the two embark on a revenge-fueled rampage that is customarily both ludicrous and gory.

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The Times reported that Sondheim, who passed away in November, had secretly supported the resurrection of Sweeney Todd for several years.

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"This programme is chock-full of awesomely spooky fun. It is penny-dreadful, Grand Guignol, "Groban remarked.

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The actor said, "There is obviously a ludicrous and horrific narrative here, but there is also an extraordinary past to this character that makes the role even more horrifying, since in all actuality, this was a civilised, kind man that was led to this."

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The performance is scheduled to have a preview on February 26, 2023, and to debut on March 26, 2023, at New York City's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

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On Instagram on Tuesday, Groban posted a teaser video and the message, "Attend The Tale. 02/26/23," to mark the show's announcement.

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