Fiasco Theater's Re-Imagined Into the Woods Opens at Old Globe July 17

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17 Jul 2014

Emily Young and Noah Brody
Emily Young and Noah Brody
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Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods, which made its world premiere at the Old Globe in 1986, returns July 17 in a re-imagined production at the San Diego venue. 

Fiasco Theater's production, which originated at McCarter Theatre Center, began previews July 12. Performances continue through Aug. 10.

Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, the acting company includes Jessie Austrian (Baker's Wife), Noah Brody (Lucinda, Wolf, Cinderella's Prince), Matt Castle (Pianist), Alison Cimmet (Witch), Paul L. Coffey (Mysterious Man), Andy Grotelueschen (Milky White, Florinda, Rapunzel's Prince), Liz Hayes (Cinderella's Stepmother, Jack's Mother), Claire Karpen (Cinderella, Granny), Patrick Mulryan (Jack, Steward), Ben Steinfeld (Baker) and Emily Young (Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel).

"One of the greatest musicals of all time returns in triumph to its birthplace, nearly three decades after its world premiere at The Old Globe, in an inventive new production from the critically acclaimed Fiasco Theater that originated at McCarter Theatre Center," press notes state. "Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning masterpiece weaves together beloved fairy tales, then ventures into the unknown territory of life after 'happily ever after.' Directors Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld conjure a mythical world of theatrical invention where an ordinary rope becomes Jack's famous beanstalk, a ladder becomes Rapunzel's enchanted tower, and the power of transformation creates a beguiling theatre of the imagination."

"It's a very special and happy thing to hear Into the Woods once again singing through the hallways of The Old Globe," artistic director Barry Edelstein said in a previous statement. "Sondheim and Lapine's masterpiece of the American stage started here nearly 30 years ago, and today it's infused with witty and moving new life by the thrilling imaginations of Fiasco Theater. I'm honored to give San Diego audiences a chance to know Fiasco's artistry and to see this great musical again in Balboa Park."



The creative team includes Lisa Shriver (choreographer), Derek McLane (scenic design), Whitney Locher (costume design), Tim Cryan (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design) and Matt Castle (music director, orchestrations). Michael Perlman is associate director, and Marcy Victoria Reed is stage manager.

A film adaptation of the musical will be released by Disney.

The Old Globe is located in San Diego's Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Tickets and more information are available by calling (619) 23-GLOBE or visiting TheOldGlobe.org.

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