PHOTO CALL: Stephen Sondheim and Original Stars, Including Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason and Chip Zien, Reunite for Into the Woods Celebration

News   PHOTO CALL: Stephen Sondheim and Original Stars, Including Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason and Chip Zien, Reunite for Into the Woods Celebration
 
A celebration of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical Into the Woods — featuring many members of the original Broadway cast, including three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters — was offered at California's Segerstrom Center for the Arts Nov. 9 at 1 PM and 6 PM.

The event, which was part conversation, part musical selection, was written and produced by Eileen Roberts in association with the Segerstrom Center.

The evening featured composer and lyricist Sondheim and author and director Lapine, along with original Broadway cast members Peters (The Witch), Joanna Gleason (The Baker’s Wife), Chip Zien (The Baker), Robert Westenberg (Cinderella’s Prince and Wolf), Kim Crosby (Cinderella), Danielle Ferland (Little Red Riding Hood) and Ben Wright (Jack).

Mo Rocca moderated; Tedd Firth was the musical director.

With book and direction by James Lapine and a score by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods originally opened at Broadway's Martin Beck Theatre on Nov. 5, 1987, playing 765 performances before closing Sept. 3, 1989. The original Broadway company boasted Bernadette Peters, Chip Zien, Robert Westenberg, Joanna Gleason, Tom Aldredge, Barbara Bryne, Kim Crosby, Chuck Wagner and Ben Wright. The musical won Tonys for Best Book, Best Score and Best Actress in a Musical (Gleason). The 2002 revival — starring Vanessa Williams, Laura Benanti, Stephen DeRosa, Gregg Edelman, Kerry O'Malley and Christopher Sieber — played 18 previews and 279 regular performances at the Broadhurst Theatre.

The Sondheim score features such tunes as "Agony," "On the Steps of the Palace," "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky," "No One Is Alone" and the title tune.

Disney will release a film version of the musical Christmas Day.

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