Episode #79: Sweeney Todd’s Original Johanna

Episode #79: Sweeney Todd’s Original Johanna: A Tribute to Broadways’ Sarah Rice

Just over a year ago, as Broadway opened a revival of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical, “Sweeney Todd”, The Gilded Gentleman was honored to sit down with one of the stars of the original 1979 Broadway production. Sarah Rice, who went on to a distinguished career in opera as well as leading roles in musical theatre, originated the role of Johanna playing opposite such Broadway legends as Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou. 

In an interview with The Gilded Gentleman host, Carl Raymond, Sarah covered how she got started in theatre, came to New York with two cats and a piano to join the cast of the original “The Fantasticks”, and then was cast in her career-changing role as Broadway’s first Johanna. Perhaps most fascinating in Sarah’s chat with Carl were her reminiscences and recollections of being directed and prepared for the role by the great masters Hal Prince and Stephen Sondhiem themselves. Sarah ultimately became one of today’s most important interpreters of Stephen Sondheim’s music.  

Sarah passed away suddenly earlier this winter and her loss is a profound one for those who knew her personally and those who were touched by her beautiful voice and many appearances on stage. As a tribute to her memory and her artistry, we at The Gilded Gentleman are re-posting the interview portion of last Spring’s show.

Carl is joined by special guest:

— Sarah Rice, an accomplished performer who starred in the original 1979 production of the Sondheim musical in the role of Johanna.

LISTEN NOW: Sweeney Todd’s Original Johanna

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