Playhouse Stage Company Announces Casting for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

First production of thirty-second season will feature many Playhouse veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 27, 2019) — Playhouse Stage Company will open their thirty-second season at the historic Cohoes Music Hall in October with a unique production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical thrillerSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on Thursday, Oct. 17 and will run through Sunday, Nov. 3.

“As fall settles in and Halloween approaches, we are so excited to be working on this classic, dark musical,and can’t imagine a better venue for the production than the historically “haunted” Cohoes Music Hall,”said Owen Smith, producing artistic director.

The Cohoes Music Hall will be transformed into a British music hall of the Victorian era, the same time period in which the ghastly story is set. The orchestra seating in the theatre will be replaced with tables that will run the length of the floor section in a style similar to that of music halls in 1850s London. Guests will be able to order drinks from servers before the show and during the intermission break. Audiences will be immersed amidst the action of the play, as the spirits of the characters come to life to tell their story of revenge and loss.

Returning to Playhouse Stage Co. to portray the title role of Sweeney Todd is Jason Jacoby. Jacobyappeared on the Park Playhouse stage as Lumierre in 2006’s Beauty & The Beast, Leo Bloom in 2011’sThe Producers and in an acclaimed performance as the Master of Ceremonies in 2012’s Cabaret. From 2013 through 2019, he appeared in the off-Broadway company of Avenue Q in New York, playing the roles of Nicky, Trekkie Monster and others, and joined Playhouse Stage last season as puppet coach for their production of the musical at the Cohoes Music Hall. The New York production of Avenue Q closed in May of this year, and Sweeney Todd will mark Jacoby’s first return to the stage since leaving that production.

He will be joined by Playhouse veteran Molly Rose McGrath (Spamalot, Patsy Cline) in the delightfully wicked role of Mrs. Lovett. Playing against them as the villainous Judge Turpin will be Samuel Druhora, who won praise for his performance as Tateh in Ragtime at Park Playhouse in 2017, since appearing at regional theatres throughout the country in a variety of leading roles

Also returning are Playhouse regular Brandon Jones (Little Mermaid, In the Heights) as Tobias Ragg, Chris Frazier (Spelling Bee, Avenue Q) as Beadle Bamford, Luis Herrera (In the Heights) as Anthony Hope, and Cara Quigley (Freckleface Strawberry, Shout!) as Johanna. Making her Playhouse Stage debut will be Melissa Cook as The Beggar Woman and Adolfo Pirelli.

Resident Musical Director Brian Axford will take the helm of the famously challenging Sondheim score, which he will re-orchestrate for an intimate quartet of musicians, who will be fully visible throughout the action of the play.

Sweeney Todd will play a preview performance Thursday, Oct. 17, with an official opening Friday evening, Oct. 18. Performances continue through Nov. 3, with 8 p.m. performances Tuesday through Saturday evenings and 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sundays. Tickets are now on sale by phone through the Playhouse Stage Co. box office at (518) 434–0776 and online at and Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Cohoes Music Hall box office two hours prior to performances.

Playhouse Stage Company’s 32nd Season

  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street — Oct. 17 through Nov. 3, 2019 at Cohoes Music Hall
  • Annie — Dec. 17 through 22, 2019 at Cohoes Music Hall
  • Jerry Lee Lewis vs. Jerry Lee Lewis and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill — Feb. 20 through Mar. 15, 2020 at Cohoes Music Hall
  • Pippin — April 16 through 26, 2020 at Cohoes Music Hall
  • Evita — June 26 through July 25, 2020 at Park Playhouse in Albany’s Washington Park
  • Alice in Wonderland — July 28 through Aug. 1, 2020 at Cohoes Music Hall
  • Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical — Aug. 4 through 22, 2020 at Park Playhouse

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About Playhouse Stage Company. Park Playhouse & Playhouse Stage Co. augment the quality of life for a diverse audience in the Capital District by producing FREE theatre in an outdoor setting, mounting high quality productions at venues throughout the region and providing arts education programs to young people in the community. By providing free and affordable admission at our productions, we make theatre an all-inclusive art form, accessible to people from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. Our education programs teach valuable life lessons about collaboration and teamwork, while helping to trainthe area’s next generation of theatre artists. Park Playhouse takes a leadership role in enhancing the cultural landscape of New York’s Capital Region.

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