An award-winning Broadway musical based on the Grimm fairy tales is coming to the stage in Woodstock in February just in time for Valentine’s Day.
“Into the Woods” brings together the classic tale of witches, wolves and magic beans in a mystical adventure theatergoers will not want to miss. The comical and quirky tale takes the stage at Elm Street Theatre at City Center on Feb. 14 and runs through Feb. 23.
“Into the Woods” opened on Broadway in 1987 and won over audiences, claiming three Tonys and four Drama Desk Awards, including Most Outstanding Musical. “Into the Woods” has music and lyrics by the legendary composer Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.
Based on the well-known fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, “Into the Woods” leads the audience on a fantastical journey, said Christopher Brazelton, operations director of Elm Street.
In the play, when a baker and his wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, meeting up with a cast of well-known characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack (of beanstalk fame).
The mysterious nature of the play provide new meaning to the phrase, “Be careful for what you wish.” In the end, “Into the Woods’” hopeful message combines with the unique and beautiful score to create a magical theatrical experience, Brazelton said.
The cast of “Into the Woods” includes veterans of the Elm Street such as Erin Wilson as the witch and some new people to the Woodstock community such as Douglas Berlon as the baker.
“The cast is doing a remarkable job of tackling the difficult Sondheim pieces,” Brazelton said.
The production team includes veterans such as Julie Sokol and Cindy Flanders creating all of the pieces of the costumes from all of the different fairy tales, said Brazleton.
Chris Barnum is working for the first time in Woodstock as the scenic designer and has created Elm Street’s largest set to date. Allie Hendrix, another Elm Street regular, is stage managing and the play is directed by Elm Street’s artistic director G. Lora Grooms.
For more information, call the Elm Street Box Office at (678) 494-4251 or visit www.elmstreetarts.org.
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Elm Street is located at the corner of Towne Lake Parkway and Main Street, in the heart of downtown Woodstock.