Tituss Burgess Will Be The Witch in Miami Into the Woods; Sondheim Gives Blessing

News   Tituss Burgess Will Be The Witch in Miami Into the Woods; Sondheim Gives Blessing
Casting has been announced for DreamCatcher Theatre and the Adrienne Arsht Center's upcoming production of the award-winning Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical Into the Woods, which will play Miami's Carnival Studio Theater Jan. 22-Feb. 15 with an official opening Jan. 23.

Tituss Burgess
Tituss Burgess Photo by Jennifer Leigh Mann

The musical, which will be directed by Justin Fortunato, marks the inaugural production of DreamCatcher Theatre, a South Florida-based company led by the brother-sister team of Natalie and J.J. Caruncho, and the Arsht Center’s latest arts partner.

The cast will feature Tituss Burgess as The Witch — a role created for Tony winner Bernadette Peters and usually played by a woman. About the non-traditional casting Natalie Caruncho told Playbill.com, "We wrote a letter, through MTI, addressed to Mr. Sondheim and Mr. Lapine regarding Tituss playing the Witch and we were approved! It was a special moment for us."

The company will also include J.J. Caruncho (Baker), Arielle Jacobs (Baker’s Wife), Annemarie Rosano (Cinderella), Magan Dee Yantko (Little Red Riding Hood), Bruno Vida (Jack), Laura Turnbull (Jack’s Mother), Laura Hodos (Step Mother), Cristina Flores’ (Florinda), Elaine Flores (Lucinda), Marina Pires (Rapunzel), Justin John Moniz (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf), Matthew Janisse (Rapunzel’s Prince), Elizabeth Dimon (Granny/Giant), Jeni Hacker’s (Cinderella’s Mother), Oscar Cheda’s (Cinderella’s Father), Roland Rusinek’s (Steward), Wayne Legette (Narrator/Mysterious Man), Kelsey Flynn’s (Sleeping Beauty) and Annette Navarro (Snow White).

Into the Woods, according to press notes, "takes place in the fairytale kingdom of the Brothers Grimm where, once upon a time, a baker (J.J. Caruncho) and his wife (Arielle Jacobs) were sent on a quest into the woods by a mysterious witch (Tituss Burgess). Thrust into a world of magic and adventure, they find their story intertwined with a group of legendary characters including Cinderella (Annemarie Rosano), Little Red Riding Hood (Magan Dee Yantko), and a certain young man named Jack (Bruno Vida) who happens to have some very magical beans."

The production will also have music direction by Robert Neumeyer, choreography by Kiesha Lalama, set design by April Soroko, costume design by Alberto Arroyo, lighting design by Bryan Kaschube, sound design by Rich Szczublewski and prop design by Jodi Dellaventura. Ron Castonguay is the conductor. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722 or online at www.arshtcenter.org.

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