Initially planned as a strictly limited 8-week engagement, the Encores! production of Into the Woods has extended its Broadway run and will now play the St. James Theatre through October 16, with tickets now on sale for the extension. Casting changes are expected for the new performances, to be announced in the coming days. The upcoming revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, originally announced to play the St. James beginning September 19, revealed yesterday it would play the Barrymore to clear the way for Into the Woods' longer run.
Following a two-week run at New York City Center in May, the revival—under the direction of Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet—transferred to Broadway's St. James Theatre, where it opened July 10, after beginning previews June 28. Read reviews for the production here.
With a book by James Lapine and a score by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods combines the fairy-tale stories of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and more, ultimately going beyond "ever after" to explore what happens next.
The cast currently stars Sara Bareilles, Brian d'Arcy James, Patina Miller, Phillipa Soo, Gavin Creel, and Joshua Henry as the Baker's Wife, Baker, Witch, Cinderella, Cinderella's Prince, and Rapunzel's Prince, respectively, with Bareilles and Creel reprising their performances from the May Encores! run.
Joining them are Julia Lester as Little Red Riding Hood, Cole Thompson as Jack, David Patrick Kelly as Narrator/Mysterious Man, Annie Golden as Cinderella's Mother/Granny/Giant, Nancy Opel as Cinderella's Stepmother, Aymee Garcia as Jack's Mother, Ta'Nika Gibson as Lucinda, Albert Guerzon as Cinderella's Father, Brooke Ishibashi as Florinda, Kennedy Kanagawa as Milky White, David Turner as Steward, and Alysia Velez as Rapunzel.
Rounding out the company as understudies are Delphi Borich, Felicia Curry, Jason Forbach, Alex Joseph Grayson, Cameron Johnson, Paul Kreppel, Mary Kate Moore, Diane Phelan, and Lucia Spina.
The creative team includes music director Rob Berman; choreographer Lorin Latarro; scenic designer David Rockwell; costume designer Andrea Hood; lighting designer Tyler Micoloeau; sound designer Scott Lehrer, co-designing with Alex Neumann; puppet designer James Ortiz; and hair and makeup designer Cookie Jordan. Casting is by The Telsey Office's Craig Burns, and Cody Renard Richard serves as production supervisor. Justin Scribner is production stage manager, and music coordination is by Seymour Red Press and Kimberlee Wertz.
Into the Woods is produced by Jujamcyn Theaters, Jordan Roth, New York City Center, Daryl Roth, Hunter Arnold, Concord Theatricals, Nicole Eisenberg, Jessica R. Jenen, Michael Cassel Group, Kevin Ryan, Showtown Productions, and Armstrong, Gold & Ross, with Nicole Kastrinos serving as executive producer.