Second Midnight: Into the Woods, With Danielle Ferland and Lauren Kennedy, Begins at Westport Playhouse May 1
By Adam Hetrick
Original Into the Woods Broadway cast member Danielle Ferland charts a familiar musical path, this time as the Baker's Wife in a new production of the Tony-winning Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, which arrives at the Westport Country Playhouse May 1.
A co-production between Baltimore CenterStage and the Westport Country Playhouse, Into the Woods concluded its Baltimore run April 15. It will play the Westport Playhouse through May 26 under the direction of artistic director Mark Lamos.
Into the Woods features a Tony-winning score by Sondheim and Tony-winning book by Lapine. Wayne Barker, a 2012 Tony nominee for the score to Peter and the Starcatcher, is the musical director for Into the Woods.
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 Graff 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, 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.
For tickets visit WestportPlayhouse.org.
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