LB Playhouse Presents Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods
2012-06-18 · By Editor
In Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, we finally learn what happens after “happily ever after” and it’s not always pretty.
In Sondheim’s musical version of these classic fairy tales, the characters we all knew so well as children find their dramas are interwoven as one fertility-challenged couple set off in search of a red cape, a white cow, a gold slipper and a few strands of blonde hair to remove a witch’s curse. They don’t have to look further than their neighbors, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella for the items they need. As each character’s story unfolds, we find they are far more complex than we knew.
Peppered with unforgettable songs and memorable lines like when the prince explains, “I was raised to be charming, not sincere,” Into the Woods offers something for everyone from child to adult.
“It’s a story that is charming and poignant, and ultimately persuades us that even in fairy tales princes cheat, giants seek revenge and not everyone lives happily ever after,” says Andrew Vonderschmitt, producing artistic director for the Playhouse. “It’s the kind of play that one might be tempted to consider lighthearted because it’s a musical. In reality, Sondheim juxtaposes catchy tunes and lyrics with a look at the darker side of humanity and uses fairy tale characters to communicate life lessons including the importance of what we tell our children.”
This production of Into the Woods is expertly directed by Playhouse veteran Gregory Cohen whose talents have been displayed as both director and actor over the years. Rick Heckman is the musical director whose experience encompasses more than 200 productions. The cast is a mix of returning and new actors, each selected for his or her ability to bring depth to the individual role and to sparkle as part of this ensemble.
SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THIS PLAY:
- Pay what you can Thursday June 28- community can see this production for whatever they can afford
- Two for One Preview Friday June 29 – Tickets are $12.00
- Opening Night Champagne Reception with cast on June 30 – Tickets are $27.00
Adults are $24.00, seniors $21.00, and Students $14.00.
Tickets are available at www.lbplayhouse.org, or by calling 562-494-1014, option 1.
Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre with programs and events that cut across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries.
Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00-8:00 pm & Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm on scheduled matinees only. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.lbplayhouse.org or call 562-494-1014.