Kaufman to Direct Morton, O'Malley, Prince and Ragusa in KC Rep's Into the Woods

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Tony Award nominee Moisés Kaufman will stage Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical Into the Woods for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in September.
Euan Morton
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Into the Woods, which reveals the costly side of "ever after," will begin performances Sept. 11 and run through Oct. 4. An opening night has been set for Sept. 18.

Kaufman, who most recently staged his Tony-nominated play 33 Variations on Broadway last spring, directs a cast including Olivier nominee Euan Morton (Taboo) as the Narrator. In a break with traditional casting for the role, Morton will not double as the Mysterious Man. Actor Kip Niven will portray the latter role as well as Cinderella's Father.

Into the Woods features Brynn O'Malley (Wicked) as the Baker's Wife, Zachary Prince (Jersey Boys) as the Baker, Michele Ragusa (Young Frankenstein) as the Witch, Lauren Worsham (Spelling Bee) as Cinderella, Claybourne Elder (Road Show) as Cinderella's Prince/Wolf, Brandon Sollenberger as Rapunzel's Prince/Cinderella's Prince, Dana Steingold as Little Red Riding Hood, KC Comeaux as Jack and Lauren Braton as Rapunzel.

Completing the cast are Patrick DuLaney (Steward/Father), Katie Kalahurka (Stepsister), Katie Karel (Stepsister), Melinda MacDonald (Cinderella’s Stepmother), Tina Stafford (Jack's Mother/Cinderella's Mother/Granny/Giant) and Zachary Hoar.

Into the Woods has a creative team including Curtis Moore (music director), Daniel Pelzig (choreographer), Narelle Sissons (set designer), Clint Ramos (costume designer), Japhy Weideman (lighting designer) and Andre Pluess (sound designer). Into the Woods features a Tony-winning score by Stephen Sondheim and Tony-winning book by James Lapine. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1987 at the Martin Beck Theatre starring Bernadette Peters, Chip Zien, Joanna Gleason, Kim Crosby and Robert Westenberg. A 2002 Broadway revival played the Broadhurst Theatre.

In addition to 33 Variations, Kauffman earned a Tony nomination for his direction of I Am My Own Wife. As a playwright, he has authored The Laramie Project and Gross Indecencies: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Kansas City Rep will also stage Kaufman's Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, the epilogue to the 2000 Tectonic Theater Project docudrama based on the brutal murder of gay student Matthew Shepard in 1998. Over 100 regional theatres nationwide are expected to present the work on Oct. 12 to commemorate Shepard's death.

The Kansas City Rep season will continue with Palomino (Oct. 9-Nov. 15); Around the World in 80 Days (Jan. 22-Feb. 14, 2010); Broke-Ology (Feb. 19-March 21, 2010; Bus Stop (March 12-April 3, 2010) and Venice (April 9-May 9, 2010).

For tickets, visit KCRep.

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