PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone Introduce Into the Woods Veteran "Twan Baker"
By Matthew Blank
Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone, currently starring in the Westport Country Playhouse-Baltimore CenterStage production of Into the Woods, introduce an unsung hero and veteran of the show: Twan Baker, the doll who is playing the Baker's baby in his third production of the musical.
Most of the time, when theatregoers think of the stars of Into the Woods they think of characters like The Witch, The Baker's Wife, Jack, Little Red, but they may have been passing over the true star of Sondheim and Lapine's classic masterpiece.
Don't fret, Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Graff Lanzarone are here to set the record straight.
Meet Twan Baker, stalwart of the regional theatre stage, fighting to make his big break on Broadway!
Twan first hit the scene in the Pittsburgh CLO production of Woods starring Hunter Foster, Brynn O'Malley and Jen Cody. He then went on to warm the hearts of many in the Moisés Kaufman adaptation of Into the Woods at Kansas City Rep.
We are here in Baltimore now, showing how rising star Twan Baker prepares and performs. Here is a glimpse of a grueling two-show-day at CenterStage!
A co-production between Baltimore CenterStage and the Westport Country Playhouse, Into the Woods will run through April 15 in Baltimore. Westport artistic director Mark Lamos helms the production that will arrive in Connecticut May 1-26.
Into the Woods features a Tony-winning score by Sondheim and Tony-winning book by Lapine.
Danielle Ferland (Sunday in the Park With George), who created the role of Little Red Riding Hood on Broadway, appears as the Baker's Wife in a cast that also features Lauren Kennedy (Side Show, Sunset Boulevard) as the Witch, Erik Liberman (LoveMusik, Fiddler On the Roof) as the Baker, Jeffry Denman (White Christmas, Yank!) as the Narrator, Cheryl Stern (La Cage aux Folles, The Women) as Jack's Mother, Dana Steingold (Spelling Bee) as Little Red, Justin Scott Brown (Spring Awakening) as Jack, Jenny Latimer (Les Miserables) as Cinderella, Alma Cuervo (Titanic, Women on the Verge...) as Cinderella's Stepmother, Nikka Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge...) as Florinda, Eleni Delopoulos (The Phantom of the Opera) as Lucinda, Nik Walker (Rent) as the Wolf/Cinderella's Prince, Robert Lenzi (South Pacific) as Rapunzel’s Prince, Britney Coleman (Stop the Virgens) as Rapunzel/Cinderella's Mother and Jeremy Lawrence (What the Public Wants) as the Mysterious Man.
The production has choreography by Sean Curran, music direction by Wayne Barker, set design by Allen Moyer, costume design by Candice Connelly, lighting design by Robert Wierzel and sound design by Zachary Williamson.
Into the Woods 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. The Public Theater will stage an outdoor revival of the musical this summer as part of the 2012 Shakespeare in the Park season.
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