Screening Sondheim Series Continues March 22 with Into the Woods; Franz Guests

News   Screening Sondheim Series Continues March 22 with Into the Woods; Franz Guests The Screening Sondheim series at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, which offers screenings of celebrated Stephen Sondheim productions, continues March 22 at 8 PM.

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods — starring Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien, Tom Aldredge, Danielle Ferland and Ben Wright — will be shown on a large screen. An interview with Joy Franz, who created the role of Cinderella's Stepmother, will precede the screening of the 1987 musical.

Screening Sondheim will also offer viewings of Sunday in the Park with George (April 5) and Sweeney Todd (May 3).

Joy Franz has been seen on Broadway in Into the Woods, Open Admissions, Musical Chairs, Pippin and Guys and Dolls. Her regional credits include roles in Company, A Little Night Music and The Gingerbread Lady.

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.

There is no cover charge, but there is a two-drink or $15 food/beverage minimum. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located within The West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42nd Street. For reservations call (212) 695-6909.

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