Kaye cues up for ‘Sweeney’

Tony-nommed thesp taking over for LuPone

But can she play the tuba?

Judy Kaye, one of this year’s Tony nominees, will take over for another, Patti LuPone, when the latter takes a weeklong vacation from the Broadway revival of “Sweeney Todd” in June.

Kaye, nommed for her perf as the tone-deaf socialite Florence Foster Jenkins in the short-lived “Souvenir,” has taken on the role of “Sweeney’s” Mrs. Lovett before. In 1992 she earned strong reviews when she appeared in a production at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

In helmer John Doyle’s production, which received six Tony noms, including revival, the cast of 10 actor-musicians doubles as a scaled-down orchestra. LuPone plays percussion, orchestra bells and, most memorably, the tuba; there’s no word yet on which instruments Kaye will play.

She steps into “Sweeney” for eight perfs June 20-25.

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