A producing of “Into the Woods” that garnered ecstatic critiques all through a sold-out two-week run at New York Metropolis Heart this month will swap to Broadway this summer season.
The Broadway manufacturing, scheduled to run for merely eight weeks, will as soon as extra attribute the singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles because the Baker’s Spouse and Gavin Creel as a prince, nevertheless the completely different lead roles will most likely be carried out by newcomers to the manufacturing — along with Patina Miller, a Tony winner for “Pippin,” because the Witch; Brian d’Arcy James (“One thing Rotten!”) because the Baker; Phillipa Soo (“Hamilton”) as Cinderella; and Joshua Henry (“Carousel”) because the completely different prince.
“When issues don’t make sense anymore, that is the present that holds our hand,” Jordan Roth, the president of Jujamcyn Theaters and the manufacturing’s lead producer, talked about. “That’s why it resonated so profoundly deeply, and why we have to enable extra individuals to have that have.”
“Into the Woods,” which first opened on Broadway in 1987, is one amongst the great collaborations between the songwriter Stephen Sondheim, who died remaining fall, and the e book creator James Lapine. The current, a cautionary mash-up of various fairy tales, is broadly staged, every professionally and at schools, and in 2014 Disney launched a film adaptation.
This new manufacturing, which began as part of the Encores! program at Metropolis Heart, will start performances June 28 and open July 10 on the St. James Theater. It’s as soon as extra directed by Lear deBessonet, the Encores! inventive director. Writing in The New York Instances, the critic Alexis Soloski declared the Metropolis Heart manufacturing “wonderful,” and many completely different critics agreed.
The Encores! cast featured a lot of performers who normally usually are not changing into a member of the Broadway manufacturing as a result of filming commitments, along with Heather Headley, who carried out the Witch; Denée Benton, who carried out Cinderella; and Neil Patrick Harris, who carried out the Baker.
The Broadway run will most likely be produced by Jujamcyn, Roth, and Metropolis Heart, along with Hunter Arnold, Nicole Eisenberg, Michael Cassel Group, Jessica R. Jenen, Daryl Roth, ShowTown Productions, and Armstrong, Gold & Ross.
Jordan Roth talked about that the bodily manufacturing might be the an identical as at Metropolis Heart, with an onstage orchestra and minimal items and costumes. “The simplicity and poetry of this manufacturing delivered this story proper to our hearts,” he talked about.
A New York Metropolis Heart manufacturing of “Sunday within the Park With George,” moreover written by Sondheim and Lapine, adopted an an identical path to Broadway. That manufacturing, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, had a four-performance run at Metropolis Heart in 2016, adopted by a 10-week run on Broadway in 2017.