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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller

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Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson
Location: Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)
Price Range: $75.00 - $275.00

Concert Duration

3 hours
Wed, Mar, 5, 2014
7:00 PM
Thu, Mar, 6, 2014
7:30 PM
Fri, Mar, 7, 2014
8:00 PM
Sat, Mar, 8, 2014
2:00 PM
Sat, Mar, 8, 2014
8:00 PM

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
From an Adaptation by Christopher Bond
Originally Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Originally Produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards in association with Dean and Judy Manos

The 2014-15 Season

Program (Click the red play button to listen)


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller (staged)

STEPHEN SONDHEIM (born in 1930 in New York, NY
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979)
The great operatic bass-baritone Bryn Terfel takes on the role of the “demon barber of Fleet Street,” Sweeney Todd, in the New York Philharmonic’s first semi-staged production of the Broadway musical in 14 years. By now the story is well-known: the haunted Sweeney will have his revenge on the judge who raped his beautiful young wife, exiled him on false charges to an Australian penal colony for 15 years, and claimed Sweeney’s daughter Johanna as his ward. Upon Sweeney’s return, in 1846, he meets the down-on-her-luck Mrs. Lovett, proprietress of a meat pie shop in London, and the settling of the score begins to take shape. The joint venture of barbering and baking leads to a tasty—if gruesome—end for the victims, including the despicable Judge Turpin and, as unintended collateral damage, Sweeney’s wife Lucy. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, the book by Hugh Wheeler; Harold Prince directed the original Broadway show, which ran for 557 performances and earned eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The macabre subject matter, centering on a man whose obsession has put him over the edge, is certainly not unique in operas—one need only think of Britten’s Peter Grimes or Berg’s Wozzeck. But on the Broadway stage, such a descent into darkness and cruelty is rare. As for the music itself, Sondheim’s writing is complex, intricate, full of rich harmonies, with leitmotifs and the ancient Latin chant Dies irae (Day of Wrath) ingeniously interwoven into the music’s somber textures. The gripping musical numbers are abundant (“The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” and “City on Fire”), as are the deliciously grisly ones (“A Little Priest,” and “God, that’s Good!”), and the sublime (“Johanna” and “Pretty Women”). Reviews of the original Broadway production raved: “I thought it was simply great…sensationally entertaining theatre for all but the over squeamish.” ~ New York Post; “There is more of artistic energy, creative personality, and plain excitement in Sweeney Todd than in a dozen average musicals.” ~ New York Times 


Alan Gilbert

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert began his tenure in September 2009. The first native New Yorker to hold the post, he has sought to make the Orchestra a point of pride for the city and country. As New York magazine wrote, “The Philharmonic and its music director Alan Gilbert have turned themselves into a force of permanent revolution.”

Mr. Gilbert and the Philharmonic have forged artistic partnerships, introducing the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, held in the 2014–15 season by Christopher Rouse and violinist Lisa Batiashvili, respectively, as well as the new position of Artist-in-Association, inaugurated by Inon Barnatan this season; an annual festival, which this season is Dohnányi / Dvořák; CONTACT!, the new-music series; and the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, an exploration of today’s music by a wide range of contemporary and modern composers inaugurated in spring 2014.

In the 2014–15 season Alan Gilbert conducts the U.S. Premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Concerto, a Philharmonic co-commission, alongside Mahler’s First Symphony; La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema with Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, and Josh Groban; Verdi’s Requiem; a staging of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake featuring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard; World Premieres by John Adams, Peter Eötvös, and Christopher Rouse; works by contemporary Nordic composers during CONTACT!; and the Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma’s 15th-anniversary celebration. He concludes The Nielsen Project, the multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer’s symphonies and concertos, the first release of which was named by The New York Times as among the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012. The Music Director presides over the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour with stops including London, featuring Giants Are Small’s theatrical reimagining of Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka as part of the Orchestra’s second International Associate residency at the Barbican Centre; Cologne, where he leads the World Premiere of Peter Eötvös’s Senza sangue, a Philharmonic co-commission; and returns to Dublin and Paris.

Last season’s highlights included the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL; Mozart’s three final symphonies; the U.S. Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Frieze coupled with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; World Premieres; an all-Britten program celebrating the composer’s centennial; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey as the film was screened; the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour; and a staged production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. High points of Mr. Gilbert’s first four Philharmonic seasons included the critically celebrated productions of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (2010) and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (2011) — both cited as the top cultural events of their respective years — as well as Philharmonic 360 at Park Avenue Armory (2012), the acclaimed spatial music program featuring Stockhausen’s Gruppen, and A Dancer’s Dream: Two Ballets by Stravinsky (2013, and later presented in movie theaters internationally). Other highlights included World Premieres of works by Magnus Lindberg, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, and composers featured on CONTACT!; Mahler’s Second Symphony, Resurrection, on A Concert for New York on September 10; Mr. Gilbert’s Philharmonic debut as violin soloist in J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins; five concerts at Carnegie Hall; six tours to Europe; and the Asia Horizons tour.

Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Symphony Orchestra, he regularly conducts leading orchestras nationally and internationally, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has appeared at The Metropolitan, Los Angeles, Zurich, Royal Swedish, and Santa Fe opera companies. In 2014–15 he conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra’s season-opening concerts and on tour in Lucerne, Berlin, and London; Mozart’s Don Giovanni at The Metropolitan Opera; and The Philadelphia, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and NDR Symphony orchestras.

In September 2011 Alan Gilbert became Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School, where he is also the first holder of Juilliard’s William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 leading John Adams’s Doctor Atomic; the DVD and Blu-ray of this production received the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Renée Fleming’s recent Decca recording Poèmes, on which he conducted, received a 2013 Grammy Award. Earlier releases garnered Grammy Award nominations and top honors from the Chicago Tribune and Gramophone magazine.

Mr. Gilbert studied at Harvard University, The Curtis Institute of Music, and Juilliard and was assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra (1995–97). In May 2010 he received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Curtis, and in December 2011 he received Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award for his “exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers and to contemporary music.” In 2014 he was elected to The American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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Director, Co-Producer

Lonny Price

Lonny Price directed the stage and film versions of the New York Philharmonic’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company (starring Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, and Stephen Colbert), which played in more than 700 movie theaters across the country. Mr. Price’s other Philharmonic collaborations include the stage and film versions of SONDHEIM: The Birthday Concert! (for which he received a 2011 Emmy Award); the Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts of Camelot starring Gabriel Byrne (2008), Candide starring Kristin Chenoweth (2004, broadcast on Great Performances), and Sweeney Todd starring Patti LuPone and George Hearn (2000). Mr. Price also directed the Emmy Award–winning production of Sondheim’s Passion starring Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, and Michael Cerveris, broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center, and he won an Emmy for his 2001 production of Sweeney Todd with the San Francisco Symphony. On Broadway, he directed Audra McDonald in 110 in the Shade, Danny Glover in Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold” ... and the Boys; Joan Rivers in Sally Marr and Her Escorts (which he co-wrote with Ms. Rivers and Erin Sanders); Jenn Colella in Urban Cowboy; and himself in A Class Act, for which he earned a Tony nomination and co-wrote the book with Linda Kline. Mr. Price’s Off-Broadway work includes Visiting Mr. Green starring Eli Wallach, Grown Ups, and Stopping Traffic. He made his opera directing debut at Houston Grand Opera directing Audra McDonald in Poulenc’s La Voix humaine and Michael John LaChiusa’s Send. His feature film, “Master Harold” ... and the Boys, received the Best Director of a Feature Film award from the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. He has directed episodes of ABC’s Desperate Housewives and CBS’s 2 Broke Girls. As an actor, he appeared in a variety of plays and musicals on and off-Broadway highlights of which include “Master Harold” ... and the boys, Burn This, and Merrily We Roll Along.

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Matt Cowart

Matt Cowart served as producer and associate director of the New York Philharmonic’s April 2011 production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Martha Plimpton, Jon Cryer, Patti LuPone, and Christina Hendricks. In addition to the performances at Avery Fisher Hall, the production was shown in movie theaters across the country, and has been released on DVD. Mr. Cowart’s additional New York Philharmonic credits include: One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch, SONDHEIM: The Birthday Concert!, and Camelot, starring Gabriel Byrne. His other directing credits include: Kiki Baby at the New York Musical Theater Festival, with longtime collaborator Lonny Price; CAMP WANATACHI, a new “electro-musical” that premiered Off-Broadway at La MaMa ETC; Annie Get Your Gun at Ravinia, starring Patti LuPone (associate director); Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center, co-directed with Mr. Price; My Favorite Things, a Rodgers and Hammerstein revue starring Shirley Jones (associate director); Beautiful Girls, starring Zoe Caldwell, Patti LuPone, Marin Mazzie, Donna McKechnie, and Jenn Colella (associate director); and the Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade, starring Audra McDonald (assistant director). Mr. Cowart is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is currently developing a new musical, Legend of the Word, with Isaac Klein and James Stewart.


Assistant Conductor

Grant Sturiale

Grant Sturiale (Assistant Conductor) was assistant conductor for the New York Philharmonic’s productions of Bernstein’s Candide and Stephen Sondheim’s Company. For ten seasons he led the orchestra at Radio City Music Hall for the annual Christmas Spectacular. Other conducting credits include the Broadway productions of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as Dream; the Off-Broadway revivals of Jerry Bock’s The Rothschilds and Marc Blitzstein’s Juno; the national tours of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber; and a European tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita.

As a composer, Mr. Sturiale garnered an Outer Critic’s Circle Award nomination for his score to the Off-Broadway musical Olympus on My Mind, and he conducted the show’s New York run and original cast album. He is the recipient of two Theater For The American Musical awards for his musicals Under Fire and Kiki Baby, presented at the New York Musical Theater Festival. Most recently, he composed and conducted a new score for the recently inaugurated Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. He is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts and has won numerous ASCAP awards.



Josh Rhodes

The Broadway credits of Josh Rhodes (choreographer) include Alan Zachary and Austin Winsberg’s First Date and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Outer Critics Circle, Astaire Award, and Drama Desk nominations). He choreographed the New York Philharmonic’s productions of Company and SONDHEIM: The Birthday Concert!, both of which were televised on PBS’s Great Performances. His other stage credits include Kander’s The Landing for the Vineyard Theatre; Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center; Bernstein’s On the Town with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun starring Patti LuPone at Ravinia; Working at the Old Globe, the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, and the Drama Desk Award–winning production at the Prospect Theater in New York; Cy Coleman’s Barnum at the Asolo Rep (Sarasota Theatre Award); Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch’s They’re Playing Our Song starring Jason Alexander at Los Angeles’s Reprise; Stars of David at the Philadelphia Theater Company; John Mercurio’s Academy at the Maltz Jupiter; Sherman Edwards’s 1776 at the Paper Mill Playhouse; Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (with the songs of Neil Sedaka) at the Ogunquit Playhouse; Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaues’s Chess and Henry Krieger’s Dreamgirls at the North Carolina Theatre; Hunter Foster and Rick Crom’s Clyde & Bonnie at the Aurora Theater; Beautiful Girls at the Manhattan School of Music; and All Singing All Dancing, Legends!, and Broadway by the Year — 1954 at Town Hall. As a director, Mr. Rhodes created and directed Broadway Bares 20 and 21 in New York, The Full McNally at the Westport Playhouse, Monty Python’s Spamalot at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Paul Newman’s Dream at Avery Fisher Hall, and many 2XIST Fashion shows. His Broadway performance credits include Fosse, Bells Are Ringing, Sweet Smell of Success, Urban Cowboy, Man of La Mancha, The Boy From Oz, and Chicago. 

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Bass-Baritone, Sweeney Todd


Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has performed in all the great opera houses in the world, and is especially recognized for his portrayals of Wotan in Wagner’s Ring Cycle and the title roles in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Verdi’s Falstaff.  He first sang the title role in Sweeney Todd in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production in 2002 and subsequently sang the role in semi-staged performances at the South Bank Centre in London in 2007. Highlights of Mr. Terfel’s engagements in recent years include Wotan in the Ring Cycle at The Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Hans Sachs in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg for Welsh National Opera; and hosting Brynfest, a four-day event at London’s Southbank Centre held as part of the London Olympic celebrations.

Mr. Terfel is also known for his versatility as a concert artist, with past engagements including the Royal Variety Performance, Last Night of the Proms, the opening ceremony of the Wales Millennium Centre, and a performance in New York’s Central Park with tenor Andrea Bocelli and the New York Philharmonic. He has given recitals in the major cities of the world, and for nine years he hosted his own festival in Faenol, North Wales. A Grammy, Classical BRIT, and Gramophone award winner, Mr. Terfel’s discography includes operas by Mozart, Wagner, and R. Strauss and more than 10 solo CDs. His most recent album Homeward Bound with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was released in September 2013.

In 2003 Bryn Terfel was awarded a CBE for services to opera in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, and in 2006 he was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music by Her Majesty The Queen. He has associations with several companies, most notably Rolex, Clogau Gold, and the Penderyn Distillery.

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Mrs. Lovett

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is an award-winning actor, writer, and producer. Her 1992 portrayal of Margaret Schlegel in the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s Howards End earned her numerous best actress awards, including a BAFTA, Los Angeles Film Critics Award, New York Film Critics Award, Golden Globe, and Academy Award. In 1995 Ms. Thompson’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, directed by Ang Lee, won numerous awards for its screenplay, including the Academy Award, and her performance earned her a BAFTA. This December she starred as P.L. Travers in Disney’s feature film Saving Mr. Banks, winning the National Board of Review Best Actress Award as well as Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, and Critics Choice nominations. 

Ms. Thompson’s other film credits include The Tall Guy, Henry V, Dead Again, Peter’s Friends, Much Ado About Nothing, Remains of the Day, In the Name of the Father, Junior, Carrington, The Winter Guest, Primary Colors, Wit, Angels in America, Imagining Argentina, Love Actually, numerous Harry Potter films, Stranger Than Fiction, Last Chance Harvey, Brave, Men in Black 3, and the Nanny McPhee films, for which she also wrote the screenplay and served as executive producer. Love Punch, co-starring Pierce Brosnan, will open this spring. Her recent television roles include BBC Two’s Song of Lunch and Sprout/SKY ARTS Walking the Dogs. 

To mark Peter Rabbit’s 110th anniversary, Ms. Thompson was commissioned to write a 24th tale — the first time Frederick Warne, the publisher, added a title to Beatrix Potter’s series; the resulting book, The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, was published in September 2012, and in October 2013 Penguin published her The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit. 

Emma Thompson is an active supporter of the Helen Bamber Foundation, a U.K.-based human rights organization that works to help rebuild the lives of survivors of gross human rights violations. She is also an Ambassador for the international development agency ActionAid, and has spoken out publicly about her support for its work addressing Africa’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

These performances mark Ms. Thompson’s New York Philharmonic debut and New York stage debut.


The Beadle

Jeff Blumenkrantz Jeff Blumenkrantz (The Beadle) has appeared on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods (1987), Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera (1989), Richard Adler and Jerry Ross’s Damn Yankees (1994), Frank Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995), and Edward Kleban, Linda Kline, and Lonny Price’s A Class Act (2001). He also appeared in the City Center Encores! production of Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle and, most recently, in the Off-Broadway musical Murder for Two with music by Joe Kinosian. On camera, he can be seen in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Will and Grace, The Good Wife, Ugly Betty, 30 Rock, and Law & Order and its associated series, SVU and Criminal Intent. A composer as well as performer, Mr. Blumenkrantz received a Tony nomination for Best Original Score for his songs in Urban Cowboy. He is the winner of the 2011 Fred Ebb Award, BMI Harrington Award, and Dramatists Guild Jonathan Larson Memorial Musical Theatre Fellowship, and he has received song commissions from both Carnegie Hall and the Guggenheim’s Works and Process program. His songs have been recorded by Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Rebecca Luker, Victoria Clark, Lauren Kennedy, and Megan Mullally. A graduate of Northwestern University and a longtime member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop,  in 2005 Mr. Blumenkrantz published a songbook of his music and produced The Jeff Blumenkrantz Songbook Podcast, featuring live performances of those songs (available on iTunes and at He also produced and hosted The BMI Workshop Songbook Podcast, featuring never-before-available music by members and alumni of the acclaimed musical theatre writers’ workshop (iTunes and Jeff Blumenkrantz made his New York Philharmonic debut as Maximillian in the 2004 production of Bernstein’s Candide, conducted by Marin Alsop, filmed for PBS’s Great Performances.



Christian Borle Christian Borle (Pirelli) received the 2012 Tony Award for Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Black Stache in the Broadway production of Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher. His previous appearances in the La Jolla Playhouse and New York Theater Workshop productions of the play earned him a Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations.  Mr. Borle recently appeared in NBC’s live telecast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music alongside Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Audra McDonald, and Laura Benanti. He is slated to star in the Cy Coleman-Carolyn Leigh musical Little Me as part of the 2014 City Center Encores! Season, and will next be seen in the new Michael Mann film, Cyber. Mr. Borle’s Broadway credits include the Sherman Brothers, George Stiles, and Anthony Drewe’s Mary Poppins; Laurence O’Keefe’s Legally Blonde: The Musical (Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominations); John Du Prez, Eric Idle, and Neil Innes’ Spamalot (Clarence Derwent Award, Drama Desk Award nomination); Jeanine Tesori’s Thoroughly Modern Millie; Michel Legrand’s Amour; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar; and Tom Snow’s Footloose. Off-Broadway he has appeared in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (Signature Theatre Company), Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town (Encores!); and William Finn’s Elegies: A Song Cycle (Lincoln Center). Regional credits include George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s Just So (North Shore Music Theater), Stiles and Drewe’s The Three Musketeers, One Musical For All (AMT of San Jose), Bernstein’s West Side Story (National Tour), and Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff’s The Who’s Tommy (Offenbach, Germany). Television appearances have included Smash, Legally Blonde: The Musical (MTV), Johnny and the Sprites, Law & Order, and Ghost Stories, and he was seen in the film The Bounty Hunter. These performances mark Christian Borle’s New York Philharmonic debut.


Tobias Ragg

Kyle Brenn Kyle Brenn (Tobias Ragg) is currently in tenth grade at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Connecticut, and participates in the band and choir programs there. His Broadway credits include Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story (as Kiddo) and Alan Menken’s Leap of Faith (Jake understudy). He has also appeared in numerous readings and workshops, including Leap of Faith (Boyd), Pan (Peter Pan), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie), Whisper House (Christopher), and Fun Home (Christian). Kyle’s voice can be heard as Rescue Pack and some animals from Nick Jr.’s Go, Diego, Go! He also starred as Billy McPherson in Tom and Jack Megan’s The Kid Who Would Be Pope at the New York Musical Festival. Kyle is an artist, writer, arranger, and composer who has already created two musicals. These performances mark Kyle Brenn’s New York Philharmonic debut.


Anthony Hope

Jay Armstrong Johnson Jay Armstrong Johnson’s (Anthony Hope) Broadway credits include Dustin Lance Black’s 8 (Spencer), Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green’s Hands on a Hardbody (Greg Wilhote), Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman’s Catch Me if You Can (Frank Jr. Standby), and Galt McDermot’s Hair (Original revival cast Claude understudy). Off-Broadway he has appeared in Thomas Higgins’s Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC) and Working (Drama Desk Award) at the Prospect Theater Company, and he played Mark in the first national tour of Marvin Hamlisch’s A Chorus Line. Regionally he has performed in Jeff Buckley’s The Last Goodbye (Romeo) at The Old Globe; Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town (Chip) at Barrington Stage Co; Gordon Greenberg, Nell Benjamin, and John McDaniel’s Pirates! Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder'd (Frederick) at the Muny; Hands on a Hardbody at La Jolla Playhouse; Nikos Tsakalakos and Janet Allard’s Pool Boy at Barrington Stage Co.; and Marc Shaiman’s Hairspray (Link Larkin) at Weston Playhouse. He also appeared in Ryan Scott Oliver’s multimedia musical 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, available on iTunes; on film in Sex & the City 2; and on television in Law & Order: SVU. These performances mark Jay Armstrong Johnson’s New York Philharmonic debut.



Erin Mackey

Erin Mackey (Johanna) was last seen on Broadway in Christopher Curtis’s Chaplin: The Musical as Oona O’Neill. Her previous Broadway credits include Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (Hope), Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked (Glinda, a role she also performed in the Chicago and Los Angeles productions of the show), and James Lapine’s Sondheim on Sondheim. Off Broadway, she took part in Richard Rodgers’s I Remember Mama (Katrin) at the York Theatre; her regional appearances have included Maury Yeston and Artur Kopit’s Phantom (Christine) at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and is she currently performing the role of Clara in Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza at South Coast Repertory. Ms. Mackey’s television and film credits include roles in Gossip Girl, Blue Bloods, and The Parent Trap. She has also performed with The Philadelphia and Florida orchestras, Long Beach Symphony, and Cleveland Pops. These performances mark Erin Mackey’s New York Philharmonic debut.


Judge Turpin

Philip Quast

Philip Quast (Judge Turpin) has won three Olivier Awards, the most of any actor, for his performances as Georges Seurat in the National Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in The Park with George; as Grahame Chandler in Dempsey and Rowe’s The Fix at the Donmar Warehouse; and as Emile de Becque in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, again at the National. He has appeared in leading roles in productions including The White Devil, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Secret Garden, Macbeth, and Troilus & Cressida for the Royal Shakespeare Company; The Cherry Orchard, Coriolanus, Democracy, and Waiting for Godot for the Sydney Theatre Company; and His Girl Friday and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? for the Melbourne Theatre Company. He was in the original cast of Jerry Herman’s La Cage Aux Folles at the Chocolate Factory and appeared as Juan Peron in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita in London’s West End. He played Javert in the original Australian cast of Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Les Misérables as well as on the West End, and he can be heard as part of Les Misérables Complete Symphonic Recording and on Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert, recorded during the show’s tenth anniversary celebration at Royal Albert Hall. His film and television credits include The Devil’s Double, Clubland, UltraViolet, Brides of Christ, and Silent Witness. His concert engagements have included Sondheim’s Follies at the London Palladium, Night of 1000 Voices at the Royal Albert Hall, Hey Mr. Producer at the Lyceum Theatre, Sweeney Todd at Royal Festival Hall, and Tsunami with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 Mr. Quast served as artist-in-residence at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art. These performances mark his New York Philharmonic and New York stage debuts.

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