Meet the cast: Jean McCormick of 'Sweeney Todd'

Ensemble and Mrs. Lovett understudy, Sweeney Todd

Meet the Cast Jean McCormick Katharine Hepburn  At the Theatre Company: Debut. Regional theatres: A Christmas Carol (Geva Theatre), My Fair Lady (Cape Playhouse), Mary Poppins (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Les Miserables (Northern Stage) and Oklahoma! (Tent Theatre). New York credits include: On The Air (York Theatre Developmental Reading Series), ‘Til Death Do Us Part (Gallery Players Overtures Series), Silk Stockings (Lost Musicals), Goldilocks, I Love My Wife (Opening Doors Theater Company). Others: Encore (Tokyo Disney Sea), Hairspray (RCCL) and various studio recordings for Disney and Royal Caribbean Productions.

  • Hometown: Bethpage, N.Y. 
  • Training: BA in Drama, Hofstra University 
  • What was the role that changed your life? I got involved in a youth group production of Godspell in high school – having no idea if I could sing, act or do anything useful on stage. I was just looking to have fun with friends. I ended up getting positive feedback, and had such a good time performing in the show that I decided I wanted to feel that good all the time. Thus, a career path was born, and my life was changed.
  • Why are you an actor? As a kid, I wanted to grow up and be everything –  a singer, a dancer, a vet, a baker – I think acting gives me the opportunity to be all the different things I want to be – at least for a little while – all in one lifetime. It’s always creative, always changing, never boring – what a fantastic job to be lucky enough to have! 
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? I would still be in the arts. Writing, probably. Part of me always wanted to be Sally Rogers from The Dick Van Dyke Show – if that doesn’t date me too much.
  • Meet the Cast Katharine HepburnIdeal scene partner: Katharine Hepburn. She worked in every medium and had an incredibly strong point of view. I feel like it would be equal parts thrilling and terrifying to work a scene with her. So, why not live on the edge?
  • Why does this production of Sweeney Todd matter? I think Stephen Sondheim is the most brilliant writer musical theater has ever known, and I think that this is his greatest piece. So, it matters. 
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of it? I like to say this show is ‘demented and de-lovely.’ I hope they get the joy out of it. This show is usually thought of as dark – and it is. But, there is a joy you can find in moments of the music, the lyrics and the characters that really gives the show an even greater dimension and makes the show that much more effective – I think.
  • Finish this sentence: “All I want is …”
    “… peace, love, music and chocolate.”
  • Twitter handle: @JeanMccormickNY
  • Website:

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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 Sweeney Todd profiles (to date):

    Meet Danny Rothman

    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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