THE SHOW “Sweeney Todd”
THE DEAL The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is set to make another appearance in New York. An environmental production of the Sondheim operatic thriller “Sweeney Todd” that originated at a London pie shop will play Off-Broadway’s Barrow Street Theatre beginning in February. “Sweeney Todd” involves a barber who kills his clients and grinds them into meat pies. The pie shop milieu will be recreated for the occasion, and audience members will be served pie and mash.
THE SHOW “Finian’s Rainbow”
THE DEAL Melissa Errico, who headlined a scaled-down, concert-style revival of this whimsical 1940s musical at the Irish Repertory Theatre back in 2004, will return to both the Off-Broadway venue and “Finian’s Rainbow” in October when artistic director Charlotte Moore remounts the production. Errico scored lead roles on Broadway in the 1990s while she was still very young, including Eliza in a short-lived “My Fair Lady” revival. Before “Finian’s Rainbow,” she will appear at Feinstein’s / 54 Below on Sept. 20, 21, 23 and 24.
THE SHOW “Groundhog Day”
THE DEAL The stage musical adaptation of the Bill Murray film “Groundhog Day” opened Aug. 16 in London to rave reviews, which should remove any doubt that it will transfer to Broadway. “This one will run and run. And run. And run . . . ,” Variety wrote. The Daily Telegraph even called the musical better than the movie. It reunites director Matthew Warchus and songwriter Tim Minchin, who worked together on “Matilda.” Andy Karl (“Rocky”) plays weather forecaster Phil Connors.
THE SHOW “The Tempest”
THE DEAL Shakespeare plays tend to be performed either in period-specific costumes or modern clothing. But what about no clothes at all? A nude, all-female, free production of “The Tempest,” which previously ran in Central Park in May, will receive an encore run at the Music Pagoda in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in September. It is being produced by Torn Out Theater in association with the Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society.