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.