Josh Groban (Photo credit: Franz Szony)

Update: Josh Groban will not appear in the title role at the March 17 evening performance nor the March 18 matinée of “Sweeney Todd,” due to a non-COVID illness, Broadway News has learned. Groban also missed the March 16 performance. 

A representative for the production told Broadway News on March 16 that Groban will return “as soon as possible,” though a date has not yet been confirmed.

Standby Nicholas Christopher, who is normally featured in the musical as Pirelli, will take on the role of the Sweeney Todd for the performances. Pirelli will be played by understudy Daniel Torres.

Directed by Thomas Kail, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s “Sweeney Todd” is currently in previews ahead of its scheduled March 26 opening night at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The revival is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller.