OSF's Into The Woods; Satchmo at the Waldorf; Love, Noël and More Will Play Wallis Annenberg Center

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim's musical exploring the darker side of fairy tales, will be featured in the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts' 2014-15 season.

"I am so proud of Amanda Dehnert's innovative and heart-stirring production of Into the Woods," OSF artistic director Bill Rauch said in a statement. "It has been a gift to audiences all summer long, and I am delighted that we get to share it with Southern California audiences this fall at the wonderful Wallis Annenberg Center. This is an exciting time for OSF productions, world premieres and commissions, as All the Way, The Great Society, The White Snake, The Unfortunates, The Liquid Plain and Party People also find new audiences beyond Ashland this year and next."

The season will also include the Carl Reiner musical Enter Laughing – The Musical, the war drama Dunsinane, the Louis Armstrong play Satchmo at the Waldorf with original star John Douglas Thompson and Love, Noël: The Letters And Songs Of Noël Coward.

The theatre season-at-a-glance follows.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Production of
Into the Woods
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Directed by Amanda Dehnert
Dec. 2– 21
Opening Night Dec. 3
Bram Goldsmith Theater

"Careful the wish you make! Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), a Baker and his Wife find that out when they each take a journey into the forest that tests how far they would go to make their wishes come true. It's a magical, bewildering place full of witches, wolves, giants and mysterious strangers - where familiar tales get tangled up together. Wishes come true here, but at a price. Even storybook characters must face the music in Sondheim and Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical fractured fairytale that looks beyond 'happily ever after.'"

Enter Laughing – The Musical
Produced by Special Arrangement with Dan Whitten and Tiger Theatricals
In association with Carl Reiner
Book by Joseph Stein
Music and lyrics by Stan Daniels
Directed by Stuart Ross
Feb. 10, 2015–March 1, 2015
Opening Night Feb. 11
Lovelace Studio Theater

"David Kolowitz wants to be a big-time Broadway star – is that so much to ask? But, oy vey, his parents have plans for him to become a pharmacist! Based on the semi-autobiographical novel and play by iconic writer-comedian Carl Reiner, Enter Laughing – The Musical centers on the journey of a stage-struck errand boy from the Bronx with dreams of making it big. He encounters the madcap eccentrics that inhabit the Great White Way, in this tuneful adaptation." Dunsinane
By David Greig
Directed by Roxana Silbert
Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company
March 27-April 12
Opening Night March 28
Bram Goldsmith Theater

"Macbeth is dead, long live the King! Under cover of night, an English army has swept through the landscape, killed the tyrant and taken the seat of power. Attempting to restore peace and put in place a new ruler, Siward, the commanding officer, is beset by a brutal guerrilla uprising. Increasingly isolated from his own men and Scottish allies alike, his efforts to restore order appear futile as the situation spins out of control. Dunsinane is a vision of one man's attempt to restore peace in a country ravaged by war."

The Long Wharf Theatre and Shakespeare & Company Production of
Satchmo at the Waldorf
By Terry Teachout
Directed by Gordon Edelstein
Starring John Douglas Thompson
May 26–June 7
Opening Night May 27
Lovelace Studio Theater

"It's March 1971 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and Louis Armstrong has just played one of the final performances of his extraordinary career. Unwinding backstage, he recounts events that transformed him into the world-famous 'Satchmo.' With no-nonsense manager Joe Glaser at his side, Armstrong kept steady through an era of enormous social change…but at what cost? This is Satchmo at the Waldorf, an absorbing and uplifting new play about the music, struggles and triumphs of the man who invented jazz. Starring Obie-winner John Douglas Thompson as both Armstrong and Glaser in a tour de force performance, this exhilarating production arrives in Los Angeles following smash-hit, sold-out engagements at the Long Wharf Theatre and Shakespeare & Company."

Love, Noël: The Letters And Songs Of Noël Coward
An entertainment devised and wrritten by Barry Day
Directed by Jeanie Hackett
Starring Harry Groener and Emily Bergl
Nov. 29–Dec. 21
Lovelace Studio Theater

"Following a sold-out engagement last season, Love, Noël, based on Barry Day's book The Letters of Noël Coward, returns just in time for the holidays, starring Harry Groener (Broadway's Crazy for You, Cats and Oklahoma!) as Noël Coward and Emily Bergl ('Shameless,' 'Desperate Housewives,' and 'Southland') as the many women who came into his life and influenced his work. Love, Noël, transforms the Lovelace Studio Theater into an intimate lounge for an entertaining performance that interweaves the music of Coward and witty letters between his famous friends across the years. Coward's career as a playwright, composer, director, actor and singer spanned six decades."

More information is available by calling (310) 746-4000 or visiting thewallis.org.

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