It was not announced in advance who would be playing the Beggar Woman in these concert performances. Even at the performances, the cast list in the programs did not list the performer. For the first three performances, there was no insert in the program, no pre-performance announcement, and no sign in the lobby listing the performer.
The choice not to list Audra McDonald, who played the role in the first three performances, in the program may have stemmed in part because she would not be doing all five performances as she was scheduled to sing in concert with the Atlanta Symphony on the day of the final two performances of this series of Sweeney Todd concert performances. McDonald had played the role in the New York Philharmonic concert performances of Sweeney Todd in May 2000.
She was replaced for the final two performances (matinee and evening on March 8, 2014) by Bryonha Marie Parham. At those performances, there was an insert in the program announcing that Ms. Parham would be playing the role.