Close ( Sunset Boulevard, Death and the Maiden, "Damages," "Fatal Attraction") marks the final piece of casting for the musical that will be staged by Timothy Sheader July 23-Aug. 25 at the Delacorte Theater. The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park engagement is based on the 2010 Regent's Park Open Air Theatre London production.
The production features original 1987 Broadway Into the Woods cast member Chip Zien as the Mysterious Man, with Tony Award winner Donna Murphy ( Passion, Wonderful Town) as the Witch, Tony Award winner Denis O'Hare ( Take Me Out, Assassins) as the Baker, Academy Award nominee Amy Adams ("Enchanted," "The Fighter") as the Baker's Wife, Tony nominee Jessie Mueller ( On a Clear Day...) as Cinderella with Jack Broderick (Narrator), Gideon Glick (Jack), Cooper Grodin (Rapunzel's Prince), Ivan Hernandez (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), Tina Johnson (Granny), Josh Lamon (Steward), Laura Shoop (Cinderella's Mother), Tess Soltau (Rapunzel), Sarah Stiles ( Vanities) as Little Red Ridinghood, Kristine Zbornik ( A Catered Affair) as Jack's Mother, Ellen Harvey ( How to Succeed...) as Cinderella’s Stepmother, and Bethany Moore ( Spider-Man) and Jennifer Rias ( Rock of Ages) as the Stepsisters.
Ensemble members include Victoria Cook, Johnny Newcomb, Noah Radcliffe and Eric R. Williams.
Into the Woods — a musical conflation of fairytale characters and stories, with a few original characters (including The Baker and The Baker's Wife) sprinkled among them — is directed by Sheader with co-direction by Liam Steel, recreating work previously seen in an outdoor staging in London. Into the Woods features scenic design by John Lee Beatty and Soutra Gilmour; costume design by Emily Rebholz; movement direction by Liam Steel; sound design by Acme Sound Partners; orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick; and musical direction by Paul Gemignani.
Here's how The Public characterizes Into the Woods: "In Into the Woods, a witch's curse condemns the Baker and his Wife to a life without children. They embark on a quest to find the four items required to break the spell: the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold. Will they succeed? And what happens after 'happily ever after?' A Tony Award-winning masterpiece by musical theatre giants Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into the Woods is a witty and irreverent reimagining of beloved classic fairytales: Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella."
Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are free and are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park the day of the show. The Public Theater will again offer free tickets through its Virtual Ticketing lottery at www.shakespeareinthepark.org on the day of the show.
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81st Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.