“Into the Woods” Opens Barrington Stage Company’s 25th Season

(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires (Pittsfield, MA) under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, presents Into the Woods with performances June 19 through July 13 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.

 

Into the Woods features music and lyrics by 13-time Tony Award winner Stephen Sondheim, a book by James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George) and was originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick (Broadway’s Follies) with musical direction by BSC Associate Artist Darren R. Cohen (BSC’s West Side Story) and direction by BSC Associate Artist Joe Calarco (BSC’s A Doll’s House, Part 2).

 

“Anything can happen in the woods.” This is the promise, and premise, of the much-loved Tony-Award winning musical Into the Woods. A childless baker and his wife endeavor to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they encounter Rapunzel (and her witchy “mother”), Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters. Their stories become entangled in unexpected ways, revealing what happens after “happily ever after.” The wickedly witty score weaves a magical spell with such enchanting gems as “Children Will Listen,” “Giants in the Sky” and “No One Is Alone.”

 

Starring in a new production of Into the Woods will be Zoë Aarts (Rider University’s Heathers) as “Lucinda,” Leslie Becker (Broadway’s Amazing Grace) as “Jack’s Mother/Giant’s Wife,” James Cella (Judson Theatre Company’s Twelve Angry Men) as “The Steward,” Sarah Dacey Charles (Broadway’s Les Misérables) as “Cinderella’s Stepmother/Granny/Cinderella’s Mother,” Mara Davi (BSC’s Company; Broadway’s Dames at Sea) as “The Baker’s Wife,” Mykal Kilgore (Broadway’s Motown the Musical) as “The Witch,” Dorcas Leung (Broadway’s Miss Saigon) as “Little Red Riding Hood,” Pepe Nufrio (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’s Evita) as “Rapunzel’s Prince,” Megan Orticelli (Northwestern University’s Little Shop of Horrors) as “Florinda,” Jonathan Raviv (Atlantic Theater Company’s The Band’s Visit) as “The Baker,” Amanda Robles (Jerome Robbins Theater’s From Here to Eternity) as “Cinderella,” Thom Sesma (Second Stage’s Superhero) as “Narrator/Mysterious Man,” Clay Singer (Riverside Theatre’s Next to Normal) as “Jack,” Anna Tobin as “Rapunzel” and Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton (Walnut Street Theatre’s Matilda) as “Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf.”

 

Into the Woods has scenic design by Brian Prather, costume design by Jen Caprio, lighting design by Sherrice Mojgani, sound design by Matt Kraus. Wig design by J. Jared Janas, Puppet design by Brandon Hardy. Casting by Pat McCorkle. Production Stage Manager: Renee Lutz.

 

Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00pm, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm, Wednesday and Friday at 2:00pm, and Sunday at 5:00pm. Opening night June 22 at 7:00pm. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street). Tickets: $15 – $75. Barrington Stage Box Office: (413) 236-8888 or online at www.barringtonstageco.org.

 

ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY

 

Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is an award-winning regional theatre located in Pittsfield, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC has a three-fold mission: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people.

Barrington Stage commissioned and produced the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son, which also won the Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright in 2016 and recently concluded a Broadway run, starring Kerry Washington. American Son was later made into a Netflix movie, and will soon be released nationally.

Barrington Stage first garnered national attention in 2004 when it premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which later transferred to Broadway where it won two Tony Awards. In 2009, BSC premiered Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session, which later moved Off Broadway and played for two years. St. Germain’s Becoming Dr. Ruth (which premiered at BSC as Dr. Ruth, All the Way) played Off Broadway at the Westside Theatre. BSC’s all-time record-breaking musical On the Town was originally produced at BSC in 2013 before transferring to Broadway, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. In 2016, Barrington Stage swept the first annual Berkshire Theatre Awards by winning 20 out of the 25 awards. In 2017, BSC produced the much-lauded revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, starring Aaron Tveit. In 2018, BSC produced the critically-acclaimed production of West Side Story in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ 100th birthdays. BSC has won the Best of the Berkshires Readers’ Choice for Best Live Theatre for the past two years. 2019 marks BSC’s 25th Season Anniversary.

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