Into the Woods: initial casting announced

Initial casting has been announced for the 2012 Shakespeare in the Park's production of Sondheim's and Lapine's Tony Award winning musical Into the Woods, opening at the Delacorte Theateron 9 Aug 2012, following previews from 23 Jul 2012, and running through to 25 Aug 2012.

Directed by Timothy Sheader, with co-direction by Liam Steel, Into the Woods will star Jessie Mueller (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as 'Cinderella' and will also feature Jack Broderick (Billy Elliot) as the 'Narrator,' Gideon Glick (Spring Awakening) as 'Jack,' Cooper Grodin as 'Rapunzel's Prince,' Ivan Hernandez (Yank!) as 'Cinderella's Prince/Wolf,' Tina Johnson (State Fair) as 'Granny,' Josh Lamon (Hair) as 'Steward,' Laura Shoop (Fiddler on the Roof) as 'Cinderella's Mother' and Tess Soltau as 'Rapunzel'.

Casting for the roles of 'The Witch,' 'The Baker,' 'The Baker's Wife,' 'Little Red' and the 'Mysterious Man' is still to be announced.

The creative team features sets by John Lee Beatty and Soutra Gilmour, lighting by Natasha Katz, costumes by Emily Rebholz and sound by Acme Sound Partners.

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 reimagining of the classic fairytales: Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella.

The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary season, each year presents two theatrical productions for free at Central Park's Delacorte Theater. This year the productions are Shakespeare's As You Like it and and Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's Tony Award winning musical Into the Woods.

Jessie Mueller