Into the Woods

Into the Woods

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 for eight weeks. Into the Woods tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

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 that because the baker's father angered a witch years ago, she put a curse on his family to make them barren.

The witch tells the couple that 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 success of its own, 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. The current revival joins another Sondheim revival on Broadway: Company, which was nominated for nine 2022 Tony Awards and features 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.

Tickets to Into the Woods in New York will be available soon.

Gavin Creel
Gavin Creel
as Cinderella's Prince/Wolf

From 28 Jun 2022 to 21 Aug 2022

Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles
as Baker's Wife

From 28 Jun 2022 to 21 Aug 2022

James Lapine
Lear deBessonet
Songs by:
Stephen Sondheim
Tyler Micoloeau
Scott Lehrer and Alex Menumamm
David Rockwell
Lorin Latarro
Andrea Hood
Cast list:
Brian d'Arcy James, Patina Miller, Phillipa Soo, Joshua Henry, Gavin Creel, Sara Bareilles, Cole Thompson, Julia Lester, Annie Golden, David Patrick Kelly, Ta'Nika Gibson, Albert Guerzon, Brooke Ishibashi, Kennedy Kanagawa, David Turner as Steward, Jason Forbach, Mary Kate Moore, and Cameron Johnson
Into the Woods Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
June 28, 2022
Opening date: 
July 10, 2022
Booking to: 
August 21, 2022
August 21, 2022

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

St. James Theatre

246 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
42nd Street - Port Authority Bus Terminal Station

Latest Into the Woods News & Features

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'Into the Woods' hosts digital Broadway lottery
June 28, 2022

This is your ticket into the woods! The latest Broadway revival of Into the Woods will have lottery tickets available throughout its entire limited run. Performances begin at the St. James Theatre tonight and run through August 21. The lottery for $50 tickets will open for entries the day before each performance, and on the Friday before each Saturday and Sunday performance. Winners will be drawn at 11 a.m. that day, and further drawings may take place throughout the day based on availability. Winners will have a limited time from when they are notified to claim and purchase their tickets.

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‘Into the Woods,’ starring Brian d’Arcy James, Sara Bareilles, Patina Miller, and more, to open on Broadway
May 26, 2022

UPDATE: Additional casting for Into the Woods on Broadway has been announced. New cast members include Nancy Opel as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Aymee Garcia as Jack’s Mother, Alysia Velez as Rapunzel, and Delphi Borich, Felicia Curry, Alexander Joseph Grayson, Paul Kreppel, Diane Phelan, and Lucia Spina as understudies.