PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Once Upon a Time..." Ever Deeper Into the Woods With Nikka Graff Lanzarone and Lauren Kennedy
By Matthew Blank
Last month Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Graff Lanzarone introduced Into the Woods veteran "Twan Baker," their co-star in the Westport-Baltimore production of the Sondheim-Lapine musical. Now those snap-happy ladies of the stage invite readers to take the journey even further, with this exclusive set of behind-the-scenes shots.
As their adventure draws to an end, Kennedy and Lanzarone offer an extensive look at both cities and introduce all of the colorful characters who inhabit the fairytale world of the show.
A co-production between Baltimore CenterStage and the Westport Country Playhouse, Into the Woods ran through April 15 in Baltimore. Westport artistic director Mark Lamos helms the production, which plays in Connecticut through May 26.
Into the Woods features a Tony-winning score by Stephen Sondheim and Tony-winning book by James 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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