Heartstopper's Joe Locke Debuts on Broadway in 'Sweeney Todd' Revival

Joe Locke's career ascends with a new Broadway role.

by Nouman Rasool
Heartstopper's Joe Locke Debuts on Broadway in 'Sweeney Todd' Revival
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Broadway is set to welcome a new star to its illustrious stage. Joe Locke, the young actor who shot to fame with his role in the Netflix series "Heartstopper," is poised to make his Broadway debut in the acclaimed musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." This news, first reported by Deadline, marks a significant milestone in Locke's rapidly ascending career.

The 20-year-old actor is slated to step into the shoes of Tobias Ragg, a pivotal character in the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical. Tobias, previously portrayed by "Stranger Things'" Gaten Matarazzo and currently by Daniel Marconi, is a character of considerable depth and complexity, offering Locke an exciting challenge.

His first performance is scheduled for January 31st, adding a fresh dynamic to the show. This casting update follows the departure of Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford from the leading roles of Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, respectively.

Their final performances are set for January 14th. Subsequently, Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster will take over these roles from February 9th. The revival of "Sweeney Todd," directed by Thomas Kail, is an adaptation of Christopher Bond’s play and continues to be a significant draw on Broadway.

Locke's Rising Stardom

Locke's Broadway announcement comes as he prepares for his role in the upcoming Disney+ miniseries "Agatha: Darkhold Diaries." His portrayal in "Heartstopper" has not only garnered him critical acclaim but has also significantly boosted his public profile.

The official Instagram account of the musical heralded Locke's arrival with a post, eliciting excitement from fans and followers. In response to the announcement, Locke expressed his elation on Instagram, receiving a wave of support from his "Heartstopper" co-stars, including Robie Donovan and Bradley Riches, who enthusiastically commented on his post.

Despite his rapid rise to fame, Locke has spoken candidly about the challenges that accompany his success. In an interview with Teen Vogue, he discussed the sense of "weird guilt" he feels concerning the impact of his fame on his personal life and loved ones.

He emphasized the importance of understanding and respecting boundaries in this context. Looking beyond Broadway, Locke has his sights set on roles that resonate deeply with him. In a conversation with The Independent, he expressed his ambition to play the first gay Disney prince, reflecting his desire to take on projects that hold personal significance.

As Locke embarks on this exciting new chapter on Broadway, his journey continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.