Meet the cast: Danny Rothman of 'Sweeney Todd'

Ensemble and Judge Turpin understudy, Sweeney Todd

Danny Rothman Quote At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other theatres: The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Goodspeed Musicals, Signature Theatre, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, York Theatre Company, Fulton Theatre, Stages St. Louis, Stamford Center for the Arts, The MUNY, K.C. Starlight, Pittsburgh CLO, Hangar Theatre among others and has been featured in multiple concerts at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Received a Drammy Award for his performance in Portland Center Stage’s production of Ragtime.

  • Hometown: St. Louis
  • Training: BFA, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Website:
  • Twitter: @dannyrothman
  • What was the role that changed your life? My experience as a whole at Interlochen Arts Camp in northwestern Michigan really moved me in the direction of becoming a professional actor more than any other experience I’ve had.
  • Why are you an actor? There is no one reason. There are many. All these reasons coalesce around a single profession, that of the actor. For instance, I have an insatiable, joyous curiosity exploring why we do the things we do, think the way we think, and feel the way we feel. I enjoy stepping as much as I can into someone else’s shoes. I’m thrilled with the connection I feel with an audience as we experience a story together. I love that on the stage every emotion – granted, it’s connected to the story – is celebrated. I love to sing. More shamefully, I’ll admit part of me may enjoy being the center of attention at times, and the bit of fear and adrenaline that go along with it. I could probably write a good chapter on all the reasons. …  I get to enjoy all of them as an actor. 
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? I would be a theoretical physicist and explore the mysteries of the universe; a psychologist exploring the mysteries of mind; a new-age spiritualist exploring the mysteries of the soul; or a Navy Seal and just be badass – although I would never make it through hell week, because I’m not fond of the cold.
  • edward-nortonIdeal scene partner: Meryl Streep, Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, a young Marlon Brando or James Dean, because I feel like these actors are so alive and spontaneous in their work. Working opposite them, one would have no choice but to be alive in the scene as well, elevating my own performance and ability.
  • Why does this production of Sweeney Todd matter? All theatre is important as it brings human beings together to share and reflect on the human experience by, as Shakespeare put it, “holding the mirror up to nature to show … the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.” Sweeney Todd, in particular, is a masterful musical fable, exploring what may happen when society’s righteous and moral deem themselves superior and become corrupt with power, spawning unimaginable horrors in their wake… all with a bit of fun and dark humor. 
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of it? First, I hope they’re entertained. After that, I always hope audience members find some sort of new understanding about themselves or the human experience after they see a show like Sweeney Todd. I believe Sweeney Todd is enough of a masterpiece that people will find many different insights within it. 
  • Finish this sentence: “All I want is …”
    “… to in some way leave the world a better place than I found it … perhaps more empathetic … and being an actor seems the most fun way to do it.”

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Sweeney Todd: Ticket information

  • 270x270-sweeney-toddMusic and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by High Wheeler (adapted by Christopher Bond); musical adaptation by DeVotchKa
  • April 8-May 15 (opens April 15)
  • StageTheatre
  • Grammy-nominated Denver band DeVotchKa takes on the legendary demon barber of Fleet Street, serving up a reinvention of Sondheim’s musical thriller. Hell-bent on revenge, Sweeney Todd takes up with his enterprising neighbor in a devilish plot to slice their way through London’s upper crust. Justice will be served — along with audacious humor and bloody good thrills.
  • Accessible performance 1:30 p.m. May 1
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

  • Previous NewsCenter coverage of Sweeney Todd:
    Theatre Company giddily going down rabbit hole in 2015-16
    DeVotchKa frontman promises a Sweeney Todd that’s ‘loud and proud’
    DCPA announces DeVotchka-infused Sweeney Todd casting
    ​Where the band meets the blade: Rehearsals open
    Co-stars on bringing DeVotchKa’s fresh blood to Sondheim
    Video sneak peek with DeVotchKa

    Previous 2015-16 ‘Meet the Cast’ profiles
    Meet Adeoye of Lookingglass Alice and All the Way
    Meet Kevin Berntson of The Nest
    Meet J. Paul Boehmer of As You Like It
    Meet Molly Brennan of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Courtney Capek of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Todd Cerveris of All the Way
    Meet Brian D. Coats of The Nest
    Meet Tad Cooley of Tribes
    Meet Paul DeBoy of All the Way
    Meet Allen Dorsey of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Kevin Douglas of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Napoleon M. Douglas of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Brian Dykstra of The Nest
    Meet Isabel Ellison of Tribes
    Meet Mariana Fernandez of FADE
    Meet Kate Finch of Tribes
    Meet Ella Galaty of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Mike Hartman of All the Way
    Meet Ben Heil of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Carolyn Holding of As You Like It
    Meet Drew Horwitz of As You Like It
    Meet Maurice Jones of As You Like It
    Meet Geoffrey Kent of As You Like It and All the Way
    Meet Emily Kron of As You Like It
    Meet Nick LaMedica of As You Like It
    Meet Victoria Mack of The Nest
    Meet Bianca Mikahn of How I Got Over
    Meet Andrew Pastides of Tribes
    Meet Ralonda Simmons of How I Got Over
    Meet Shannan Steele of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Carly Street of The Nest
    Meet Samuel Taylor of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Lindsey Noel Whiting of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Jake Williamson  of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Matt Zambrano of As You Like It

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