Into the Woods had a sold-out run in May 2022 as part of the Encores! 2022 season, and now the musical transfers to the St. James Theatre on Broadway with a star-studded cast. Get Into the Woods tickets on New York Theatre Guide now.
Into the Woods is a musical about fairytales — but this show tells them differently than you might remember them. Into the Woods draws on versions of fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers, whose stories often have dark themes and endings. The central story is a totally original one, though, of a baker and his wife trying to conceive. They've been having trouble for a long time, and they soon discover the baker's father angered a Witch years ago, so she put a curse on his family to make them barren.
The Witch tells the couple she'll reverse the curse if they bring her four enchanted items: a red cape, a gold slipper, yellow hair, and a white cow. So they venture into the woods near their house to get these items and cross paths with classic fairytale characters like Cinderella and her prince, Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf, Rapunzel, and Jack (of the beanstalk), who are all trying to fulfill wishes and wants of their own. But nothing is as it seems in the wood, and the path to happy ever after isn't always a clear one.
Into the Woods features a book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and it's one of the composer's most well-known musicals. The premiere of Into the Woods on Broadway was in 1987, two years after Lapine and Sondheim's previous collaboration, Sunday in the Park with George, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and got nominated for Best Musical. Into the Woods had plenty of its own success, winning three Tonys of its own including Best Book and Best Score. The show also further cemented the star status of Bernadette Peters (as the Witch) and propelled Chip Zien and Joanna Gleason (as the Baker and the Baker's Wife) to Broadway fame; Gleason won the production's third Tony.
The last Into the Woods revival took place in 2002, and now 20 years later, Into the Woods returns. For a month, the current revival overlapped with another Sondheim revival on Broadway: Company, which was nominated for nine 2022 Tony Awards and featured a female Bobbie (Katrina Lenk) in place of the originally male lead, Bobby. Sondheim's Assassins was also revived off Broadway shortly beforehand, in winter 2021, just before Sondheim's death in November 2021.
Into the Woods runs 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one intermission. The show is on Broadway through January 8, 2023.
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2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.
June 28th, 2022
942 reviews on Show-Score
By: James Lapine
Songs by: Stephen Sondheim
Director: Lear deBessonet
Cast list: Sebastian Arcelus (as the Baker), Stephanie J. Block (as the Baker's Wife), Joaquina Kalukango (as the Witch), Diane Phelan (as Cinderella), Joshua Henry (as Rapunzel's Prince), Gavin Creel (as Cinderella's Prince), Cole Thompson (as Jack), Katy Geraghty (as Little Red Ridinghood), Annie Golden (as Granny/Cinderella's Mother/Giant's Wife), Nancy Opel (as Cinderella's Stepmother), Ann Harada (as Jack's Mother), David Patrick Kelly (as Narrator/Mysterious Man), Ta'Nika Gibson (as Lucinda), Brooke Ishibashi (as Florinda), Albert Guerzon (as Cinderella's Father), Kennedy Kanagawa (as Milky White), Jim Stanek (as the Steward)
Design: David Rockwell
Lighting: Tyler Micoloeau
Costume: Andrea Hood
Choreography: Lorin Latarro
Sound: Scott Lehrer and Alex Menumamm
INTO THE WOODS IS A GIANT HIT! NOW EXTEND THROUGH JANUARY 8
Here’s a reason to be happy ever after... Direct from its sold-out New York City Center Encores! run, STEPHEN SONDHEIM and JAMES LAPINE’s Tony Award®-winning triumph INTO THE WOODS has come to Broadway’s St. James Theatre. So don’t delay or be misled—this critically acclaimed new production is here just for a moment!
“A glorious revival with a wonderful cast who deliver rich and very human performances. I listened. I am still listening. You should, too.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES
This theatrical event, directed by LEAR deBESSONET (Hercules), will honor the memory of legendary composer STEPHEN SONDHEIM and this Broadway masterpiece like never before. But don’t wait until your last midnight! Tickets are going fast—and that’s no fairy tale.
Please note: Patina Miller and Montego Glover share the role of the Witch. Montego Glover will perform Tuesdays-Thursdays and Patina Miller will perform Fridays-Sundays.
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