“Into the Woods,” starring Bernadette Peters, opened on Broadway on November 5, 1987, so even though it’s not a “new” musical, many people most likely are more familiar with Disney’s screen version, starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Emily Blunt that was released on Christmas Day 2014, than the stage show.
It’s common knowledge that Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the music for this play is famous for fast-paced, often difficult songs, but if Amity could master “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (also scored by Sondheim) surely, “Into the Woods” will be challenging, but not out of reach for the talented students at our regional high school.
A childless baker and his wife endeavor to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they encounter Rapunzel (and her witchly “mother”), Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters, and they all must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want.
We look forward to seeing how Dan Hassenmayer will light the stage for this one, and how the parents with tools will create the scenery. It should be interesting.