I Wish! Some well-known storybook characters are set to return to the stage in New York City! However, prepare yourself to see them like never before in a brand new telling of Into The Woods! Roundabout Theatre Company is bringing the critically acclaimed McCarter Theatre/Fiasco Theatre production of Into The Woods Off-Broadway! While this isn’t the first time a major Broadway name musical has returned to Off-Broadway, it will be the first time for this classic Sondheim/Lapine musical. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news of the complete cast and creative team for Roundabout Theatre Company’s Into The Woods Off-Broadway!
Into The Woods is a musical that features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical tells the story of a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family. After an interaction with a witch who places a curse on them, the two set off on a journey to begin their family and run into many fairytale creatures and storybook characters along their way. The musical looks at the idea of wishes, their power and even more importantly, what happens when they really do come true. This new rendition of Into The Woods is incredibly stripped down to it’s bare bones. The musical uses 10 actors, a piano and the imagination of it’s audience to create the world of the woods in a way never before seen.
Roundabout Theatre Company proudly announced that the complete original McCarter Theatre Center/Fiasco Theater cast will reunite Off-Broadway for their upcoming revival of Into The Woods. Previews begin December 18th, 2014 and the show officially opens on January 22nd, 2015 at the Laura Pels Theatre, located in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. The show is limited engagement running through March 22nd, 2015 only. The McCarter Theatre in association with Fiasco first staged the new production in May 2013. Following it’s critical acclaim, the show moved to the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California.
This production of Into The Woods is unique and uses only 10 actors to tell the story as many of them take on multiple roles. The complete cast will include Jessie Austrian as the Baker’s Wife, Noah Brody as Lucinda, the Wolf & Cinderella’s Prince, Paul L. Coffey as Mysterious Man, Andy Grotelueschen as Milky White, Florinda & Rapunzel’s Prince, Liz Hayes as Cinderella’s Stepmother & Jack’s Mother, Claire Karpen as Cinderella & Granny, Jennifer Mudge as Witch, Patrick Mulryan as Jack & Steward, Ben Steinfeld as the Baker and Emily Young as Little Red Riding hood & Rapunzel.
The creative team of Into The Woods will be helmed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld who will again serve as the production’s director. Lisa Shriver is on board as choreographer and Matt Castle will serve as musical director and pianist. The rest of the team includes Derek McLane as scenic designer, Whitney Locher as costume designer, Christopher Akerlind as lighting designer and Darron L. West as sound designer.
I am definitely looking forward to this brand new version of Into The Woods playing in New York! Into the Woods is one of those classic productions that just about everyone has seen and just about everyone knows the way of going about this show. While I’m not trying to say all productions of Into The Woods are the same, for the most part, many follow the same approach which there is nothing wrong with. The McCarter has invented something totally new here from existing material. This new production of Into the Woods is sure not only to be exciting but will hopefully inspire the way we look at musicals we have become familiar with. This applies especially for Into The Woods since the characters are taken from other stories which we also have all grown up with.
Into The Woods begins performances this Holiday season! While Broadway may be calling, don’t be afraid to head Off-Broadway to experience this one of a kind re-imagining of this classic Broadway musical! The production runs only through March 22nd! And don’t forget, be careful what you wish for! For more information, Visit Roundabout Theatre Company’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter Account. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!
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