October 7, 2014
ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Announces Dates For
The McCarter Theatre Center and Fiasco Theater Production of
INTO THE WOODS
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
As reimagined by Fiasco Theater
Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld
Previews begin December 18, 2014
Official opening January 22, 2015
Limited engagement through March 22, 2015
Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
“I fell head over heels.” – Ben Brantley, New York Times
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the performance schedule for the upcoming Off-Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning Into the Woods.
Into the Woods begins preview performances Off-Broadway on Thursday, December 18, 2014 and opens officially on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, March 22, 2015.
Into the Woods has been reimagined by Fiasco Theater and is directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld. This production premiered in May 2013 at the McCarter Theatre in association with the Fiasco Theater, and was subsequently produced at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA.
The full cast & design team will be announced soon.
With only 10 actors, one piano and boundless imagination, this witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is Into the Woods like you’ve never seen it before! This stripped-down, unplugged, thrillingly clever new version includes all the dazzling classic songs like “Children Will Listen” and “Giants in the Sky.” Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what happens when they really do come true.
Roundabout has a long relationship with Stephen Sondheim having produced five Tony Award®–nominated Sondheim revivals including Company (1995), Follies (2001), Tony Award® winning Assassins (2004), Pacific Overtures (2004) and Sunday in the Park with George (2008). In 2005, Roundabout honored Sondheim with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre for the indelible impact his life’s work has made on the theatre. In 2009 Roundabout presented a one-night only gala concert reading of A Little Night Music. In 2010, Roundabout presented a special Broadway musical tribute to Sondheim entitled Sondheim on Sondheim conceived and directed by Into the Woods’ librettist James Lapine and in the same year, renamed Broadway’s Henry Millers’ Theatre in honor of Mr. Sondheim.
Tickets for Into the Woods are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org, and in person at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre Box office (111 West 46th Street). Single tickets for Into the Woods are $99.
Into the Woods will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.
Into the Woods is made possible with major support from Ms. Elizabeth Armstrong and Ted and Mary Jo Shen.
Into the Woods benefits from Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Fund with lead gifts from The Howard Gilman Foundation and Perry and Marty Granoff.
Musicals at Roundabout are supported with generous gifts from: The Bok Family Foundation and Cynthia Wainwright and Stephen Berger.
Fiasco Theater is an ensemble theater company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. acting program. Past shows include Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, and Into the Woods. Cymbeline was presented Off-Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best revival of 2011/2012. On February 28th they will premiere their current production, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, at the New Victory Theatre through March 16th. This spring they will present a new production of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC. This summer their critically acclaimed production of Into the Woods will be presented at the Old Globe in San Diego before its New York run at Roundabout. Fiasco has been in residence with the Sundance Theatre Lab, NYU-Gallatin, Duke University, Marquette University, and LSU. Their work has been developed at the Orchard Project and the Shakespeare Society, and they have led master classes at Brown University and NYU. Since 2008, Fiasco has annually offered the Free Training Initiative—a conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students. www.fiascotheater.com
McCarter Theatre Center: Under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Mann and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, McCarter Theatre Center is recognized as one of the nation’s premier theater companies. World premieres include Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award for Best Play) and Miss Witherspoon; Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays; Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I; Emily Mann’s Having Our Say; Danai Gurira’s The Convert; and Regina Taylor’s Crowns. Other significant Broadway productions include Brian Friel’s Translations; Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics; and Electra, directed by David Leveaux. McCarter is supported by Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and over 3,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations. www.mccarter.org.
The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre opened in March 2004 with an acclaimed premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel starring Viola Davis, directed by Dan Sullivan. In the ten years since that landmark production, the center has expanded beyond the Laura Pels Theatre to include the Black Box Theatre and now a new education center. The Steinberg Center continues to reflect Roundabout’s commitment to produce new works by established and emerging writers as well as revivals of classic plays. This state-of-the-art off-Broadway theatre and education complex is made possible by a major gift from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The Trust was created in 1986 by Harold Steinberg to promote and advance American Theatre as a vital part of our culture by supporting playwrights, encouraging the development and production of new work, and providing financial assistance to not-for-profit theatre companies across the country. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded over $70 million to more than 125 theatre organizations.
Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.
Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout’s mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.
American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Roundabout’s 2014-2015 season includes Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing starring Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton & Cynthia Nixon, directed by Sam Gold; Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink starring Rosemary Harris & directed by Carey Perloff; Coleman, Comden & Green’s On The Twentieth Century starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, directed by Scott Ellis and Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Into the Woods.
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