Following Two Sold-Out Engagements, Oz-Based The Woodsman Will Return Off-Broadway

News   Following Two Sold-Out Engagements, Oz-Based The Woodsman Will Return Off-Broadway Producers have announced that The Woodsman, the untold story of Oz's Tinman and the woman he loved, will receive a new Off-Broadway staging at New World Stages in January 2016. The production returns following two acclaimed and sold-out engagements at 59E59 Theaters.

The Woodsman will begin performances Jan. 27, 2016, with an official opening night set for Feb. 7, 2016.

Directed by James Ortiz and Claire Karpen, the musical features music by Edward W. Hardy and lyrics by Jen Loring. Reprising their roles will be Benjamin Bass, Will Gallacher, Alex J. Gould, Amanda A. Lederer, Aaron McDaniel, Lauren Nordvig, Eliza Simpson, Meghan St. Thomas, Sophia Zukoski, Oritz and Devin Dunne Cannon, who is also associate director.

James Ortiz
James Ortiz Photo by Hunter Canning

"Based on the beloved writings of L. Frank Baum, The Woodsman tells the origin story of the Tin Woodsman, the woman he loved, and the witch that would stop at nothing to keep them apart," state new press notes. "Back by popular demand, Strangemen & Co. brings this hauntingly beautiful Land of Oz to life through spectacular puppetry and original music."

The production will feature set and puppet design by Ortiz, costume design by Carol Uraneck, lighting design by Catherine Clark and Jamie Roderick and costume coordination by Molly Seidel.

Robb Nanus, Rachel Sussman, Ryan Bogner and Adam Silberman are the producers. The Woodsman was originally produced and developed by Strangemen & Co. and premiered at Brooklyn’s Standard ToyKraft in 2012. Following a staging at the Ars Nova ANT Fest in 2013, it went on to transfer to 59E59 Theaters in 2014 and played a return, sold-out engagement there in 2015.

Performances will take place at New World Stages – Stage 5, located at 340 West 50th St. Tickets are now on sale via Telecharge.com, calling (212) 239-6200 and at the New World Stages box office.

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