New York Philharmonic to Present Sweeney Todd with Opera Star

Exciting news for musical theater fans and opera fans alike in New York: The New York Philharmonic has announced that it will present a staged production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, March 5–8, 2014. 

Operatic bass-baritone Bryn Terfel will star as the title character, and the production will be conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert and directed by Lonny Price (who, for the record, directed and produced the Philharmonic’s productions of Sondheim’s Company in 2011, SONDHEIM: The Birthday Concert! in 2010, and Sweeney Todd in 2000.)

The Philharmonic presented a staged production of Sweeney Todd in May 2000 conducted by Andrew Litton, directed by Lonny Price, and starring George Hearn and Patti LuPone. The production was subsequently released on a New York Philharmonic CD.

No word yet on who will play Mrs. Lovett or any of the other roles, but previous Philharmonic concerts have attracted major names like Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Aniki Noni Rose and many others.

Good to know: On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, the New York Philharmonic will hold its Spring Gala. For information about the Gala, which includes a pre-concert reception, concert, and post-concert seated dinner with the artists, contact Jennifer Levine, [email protected], or call her at (212) 875-5757.

Single tickets for will go on sale to the general public on Sunday, August 18, 2013, at noon. Subscribers may purchase tickets now. All tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (212) 875-5656. Tickets may also be purchased at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office.