In the original Broadway production, he was played by Joaquin Romaguera. A Digital, master. As he is laughing at his cunning plan, an enraged Todd beats him in the head with an iron pot and then stuffs him into the chest, just before Toby enters the room. After talking to Toby and getting him to go away with a promise of a nice big "tot of gin," Todd returns to the chest, hauls Pirelli out and slits his throat, using his razor as a murder weapon for the very first time. Michael Ceveris (Sweeney Todd), Patti LuPone (Ms. Lovett), Benjamin Magunson (Anthony), Lauren Molina (Johanna), Mark Jacoby (Judge Turpin), Alexander Gemignani (Beadle Bamford), Manoel Felciano (Tobias), Diana DiMarzio (Beggar Woman), Donna Lynne Champlin (Pirelli… Enraged, Pirelli emerges from his tent to berate Todd, who offers to wager his own straight razors against five pounds of Pirelli's money. In Tim Burton's 2007 film adaptation of the musical, he was portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen. In the original Broadway production, he was played by Joaquin Romaguera. Really a young Irish man by the name of Daniel O'Higgins, he pretends to be Italian in order to substantiate his false claim that he is the official barber of the King of Naples. Pirelli reveals that his real name is Daniel O'Higgins and he is in fact Irish. He gives up five pounds to Todd, and storms off with Toby. He was played by John Aron in the 1980 London production. In the musical, Adolfo Pirelli sings two numbers by himself and several others with other characters. Rochester, NY (PRWEB) September 15, 2008 Producers of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, The New Musical announce that Obie Award-winner and Rochester, NY native Donna Lynne Champlin (Sweeney Todd, Hollywood Arms, By Jeeves) will play the role of Jane Austen in the Broadway-bound musical's one-night-only performance event at Rochester's historic Eastman Theatre on … Signor Pirell is normally the most flamboyant and least drably-dressed character in the play, especially during "The Contest". Sweeney Todd is a semi-fictional character who first appeared as one of the protagonist s of a penny dreadful serial entitled "The String of Pearls" (1846-1847).. Donna Lynne Champlin Paula, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) Broadway credits: Mary Jane in James Joyce’s The Dead , Honoria Glossop in By Jeeves , older Helen in Hollywood Arms , Pirelli … Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd), Patti LuPone (Mrs. Lovett), Mark Jacoby (Judge Turpin), Donna Lynne Champlin (Adolfo Pirelli), Manoel Felciano (Tobias), Alexander Gemignani (The Beadle), John Arbo (Jonas Fogg), Benjamin Magnuson (Anthony), Lauren Molina (Joanna). Foremost among the troupe is Donna Lynne Champlin (“Hollywood Arms,” Pirelli in the recent “Sweeney Todd”), who is arrestingly good even when acting as narrator of the first vignette. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. ... 2005 - Broadway - Plays Pirelli (and accordion, flute and piano) in the Broadway revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd", The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Eugene O'Neil Theatre, New York, New York. However, most people understand that his comedy would not be appreciated in the gruesome second act of the show. By Kenneth Jones ... and Broadway's Donna Lynne Champlin (Pirelli of … His hair was done up in two side-buns, and he bore a long, Italianate mustache. He is very theatrical and dresses in extravagant clothing. After getting rid of the boy, Todd finishes Pirelli off by slashing his throat. Pirelli often abuses his young apprentice, Tobias Ragg, slapping him across the face for the slightest infraction, and often for no reason at all. While Mrs. Lovett gives Toby a pie downstairs in her parlour, Pirelli ascends the stairs to Todd's room to confront him. The main character, Sweeney Todd, and his accomplice Mrs. Lovett are in a square where Pirelli's assistant, Tobias Ragg, is advertising a concoction of his master's entitled Pirelli's Miracle Elixir, which is purported to stimulate the growth of hair. Pirelli knows Todd's true identity as Benjamin Barker and threatens to expose him unless Todd pays him half of his profits. Mrs. Lovett later takes his purse, where she finds three pounds, keeping the purse as her own. Michael Ceveris (Sweeney Todd), Patti LuPone (Ms. Lovett), Benjamin Magunson (Anthony), Lauren Molina (Johanna), Mark Jacoby (Judge Turpin), Alexander Gemignani (Beadle Bamford), Manoel Felciano (Tobias), Diana DiMarzio (Beggar Woman), Donna Lynne Champlin (Pirelli) 2011 London Revival His name was changed to Davie Collins for the movie. Shot from the mezz. Sal Mistretta (original Broadway production)John Aron (1980 London production)Donna Lynne Champlin (2005 Broadway revival)Sacha Baron Cohen (2007 film). Donna Lynne Champlin is an American actress known primarily for her theater work on Broadway.She was born on January 21, 1971 in Rochester, New York, to a technical writer mother and a scientist father. by Nancy Rosati . Pirelli wastes time bragging about his vast talent and superiority over all other barbers. Great capture, from the master! 9 To 5 - Broadway (September 6th, 2009) - Violet Newstead (Allison Janney), Judy Bernly (Stephanie J. BroadwayWorld has learned that Donna Lynne Champlin is in final negotiations for the dual role of Pirelli and Fogg in the upcoming Sweeney Todd revival. The songs include: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, "Attend the Tale: Sondheim Musical "Sweeney Todd" Hits Big", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Adolfo_Pirelli&oldid=997084795, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Prologue)" (with Company)*, "The Contest (Pirelli's Entrance/Shaving Sequence)"**, "The Contest (Tooth-Pulling Sequence)" (with Tobias)*, "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Epilogue)" (with Company)*, This page was last edited on 29 December 2020, at 23:00. In Tim Burton's 2007 film adaptation of the musical, he was portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen. In the original production, Pirelli's real name was Daniel O'Higgins. Pirelli claims to have shaved the King of Naples and the Pope, arrogantly referring to himself as "the King of the Barbers and the Barber of Kings.". He is eventually killed by Todd after he threatens him with extortion. [2], Pirelli is first introduced as an Italian barber, toothpuller, and snake oil salesman who is "all the rage" in Victorian London. See original Spotlight interviews with Donna Lynne Champlin (2002) and Alexander Gemignani (2003). Update Interview with Donna Lynne Champlin & Alexander Gemignani. In this interpretation, Pirelli is actually a Cockney thief named Davy Collins, rather than the Irish Daniel O'Higgins, and rather than strangling him, Todd bludgeons him into unconsciousness with an iron tea-pot before slitting his throat. Now eager for payback, Pirelli demands that Sweeney hand over half of his profits to him every week, or else he will tell Beadle Bamford that Benjamin Barker has returned. Cast: Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd), Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Lovett), Victor Garber (Anthony Hope), Sarah Rice (Johanna), Edmund Lyndeck (Judge Turpin), Ken Jennings (Tobias Ragg), Jack Eric Williams (Beadle Bamford), Merle Louise (Beggar Woman), Joaquin Romaguera (Adolfo Pirelli) The following day, Pirelli and Toby arrive at Mrs. Lovett's Meat Pie Emporium to visit Todd, whose establishment is atop Mrs. Lovett's. Performer: Donna Lynne Champlin [Pirelli] MusicalThrillerRevival. She is best known for playing Paula Proctor on The CW comedy-drama series Crazy Ex … The tale became a staple of Victorian melodrama and London urban legend, and has been … In this way, he manages to convince the people of London that he is a stylish and expert haircutter and toothpuller, and returns every Thursday to grace them with his presence. 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