One of Stephen Sondheim’s greatest masterpieces, Into the Woods, has been getting a lot of attention lately. Not only did the movie version of this fairy tale mash-up open up a couple weeks ago, and not only is it continuing to make money at the box office, but it’s also starting to garner a lot of award attention.
In addition to the successful movie, the stage version of the film will be making its Kelsey Theatre debut on January 23, and running through February 1. And if you liked the movie, you will certainly enjoy being fully immersed into the story with this live-staged production, which is being produced by The Pennington Players, with direction and choreography by Kyrus Keenan Westcott, and music direction by Mike Gilch.
With beguiling lyrics, sumptuous melodies, and a deliciously wicked plot, this Tony Award-winning musical weaves together favorite fairy tales as it picks up where “happily ever after” leaves off. Beloved characters such as Cinderella, her prince, her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), Rapunzel, and her prince are all drawn into the lives of a baker and his wife. The couple’s wish to start a family sets in motion a series of twisted events within the confines of the woods that are sure to charm one and all.
Last week, we highlighted The Women of Into The Woods, so this week, we are going to meet the men in this production of Into the Woods, and highlight their experiences with the show, and the fairy tales their characters are based off of.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTHA WASSER OF AMOUR ARTISTIQUE
JOHN ZIMMERMAN AS “THE BAKER” – The Baker is the ostensible hero of the story, but he does plenty of unheroic things. And while he initially insists on keeping his wife out of the mix, he comes to realize that he can’t survive without her.
BEN MENAHEM AS “CINDERELLA’S PRINCE” – On paper, Cinderella’s Prince seems perfect. But beneath his considerable charm, there’s a spoiled young man whose birth makes him believe he can take anything – and anyone – he wants.
KARL WEIGAND AS “JACK” – Like Little Red Riding Hood (which is played by Natalie Romeo), Jack’s story is about growing up, but in Into the Woods there’s also a focus on accepting consequences. What happens after you steal from and murder a Giant?
KEVIN PALARDY AS “RAPUNZEL’S PRINCE” – Like his brother, Cinderella’s Prince, Rapunzel’s Prince is beautiful on the outside and considerably less attractive when it comes to personality. But he does his best to be there for a woman driven to madness by her mother.
FRANK FERRARA AS “THE STEWARD” – The Steward is Cinderella’s Prince’s right-hand-man. Not only is he surly and extremely bureaucratic, but he is also very full of self-importance throughout the show.
BILL WEIR AS “THE NARRATOR” – One of the most important roles in the show is the role of The Narrator, he continually drives the show from beginning until… well, until the characters find out what happens after happily ever after.
Tickets for Into the Woods are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. CLICK HERE for ticket information.
READ MORE: Meet the Women of INTO THE WOODS
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