INTO THE WOODS

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The acclaimed Fiasco Theater production of “Into the Woods” opens April 5, 2017, at 8 p.m. at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre and plays through May 14, 2017, with one preview performance on April 4. The celebrated new production of the Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld.

This wildly inventive ensemble piece features versatile actor/musicians who sing, act and play instruments, including Anthony Chatmon II as Lucinda/Wolf/Cinderella's Prince, Eleasha Gamble as Baker's Wife, Evan Harrington as Baker, Lisa Helmi Johanson as Little Red Ridinghood/Rapunzel, Bonne Kramer as Cinderella's Stepmother/Jack's Mother, Patrick Mulryan as Jack/Steward, Darick Pead as Milky White/Florinda/Rapunzel's Prince, Evan Rees, Music Director/Pianist, Fred Rose as Mysterious Man, Stephanie Umoh as Witch and Laurie Veldheer as Cinderella/Granny, with Joshua Archer, Sean Peter Forte, Javier Ignacio, Kate Moore and Alanna Saunders.

“Into the Woods” includes memorable songs like “Children Will Listen” and “No One Is Alone.” Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant in the sky in this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true. The award-winning musical has been mounted with boundless imagination in a witty and wild theatrical reinvention of a beloved modern classic.

Scenic design for “Into the Woods” is by Derek McLane, costume design by Whitney Locher, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Darron L West and Charles Coes, orchestrations by Frank Galgano and Matt Castle, music supervision by Matt Castle and choreography is by Lisa Shriver.

The acclaimed Fiasco Theater production of “Into the Woods” is presented by the Dodgers (the Tony Award–winning producers of the original “Into the Woods” with Bernadette Peters, and of its revival with Vanessa Williams, “Jersey Boys,” “Matilda”), along with NETworks Presentations (the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's “South Pacific,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “War Horse”).

Unanimously revered and extended twice at Roundabout Theatre Company, “Into the Woods” became New York's surprise hit of the 2015 season, followed by a celebrated engagement at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. The popular film adaptation of “Into the Woods” by Walt Disney Pictures premiered in 2014 with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden and Anna Kendrick, and was critically and commercially successful. Already in the top five of the most successful movie musical adaptations ever, it was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes.

Fiasco Theater is an ensemble theatre company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA acting program. Past shows include “Cymbeline” (TFANA/Barrow Street), “Into the Woods” (Roundabout, Old Globe, McCarter, Menier Chocolate Factory), “Measure for Measure” (The New Victory Theater), “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” (Folger/TFANA) and “Twelfth Night.” “Cymbeline” was presented off-Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best revival. “Into the Woods” garnered the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. Every year, Fiasco offers the Free Training Initiative – a three-week, conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students. Fiasco has been in residence with Duke University, Marquette University, LSU and NYU-Gallatin. Their work has been developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Orchard Project, SPACE at Ryder Farm (upcoming) and the Shakespeare Society, and Fiasco has led master classes at Brown University and NYU. www.fiascotheater.com

Bank of America is the season sponsor for the Ahmanson Theatre and Delta Airlines is the official airline sponsor.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation's preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles' leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation's leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Tickets for “Into the Woods” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or by visiting the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $25 – $125 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, 90012.

Reviews

Steven Stanley

No matter how many times you've ventured Into The Woods, you won't want to miss seeing it done the Fiasco Theater way. Revivals don't get more uniquely fabulous than this.

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Travis Michael Holder

Under the truly visionary direction of Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, this reinvigorated journey through the bewitched underbrush is meant to be extremely barebones, with 10 incredibly energetic and charismatic actors play all the characters, switching between them with lightning fast alacrity. Derek McLane's simple floor-to-light-grid jumble of theatrical rigging is meant to indicate the ominous forest of trees, while an industrial-sized ladder evokes Rapunzel's tower and a small-statured actress is illuminated like a shadow puppet to gargantuan proportions on the back wall to make that notorious lady giant come alive—and subsequently die a most dramatic death. No special effects or wildly intricate projections are utilized to tell this cautionary tale of once-upon-a-times that don't always portend happy endings.

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Don Grigware

Into the Woods has never been my favorite Sondheim musical, but Fiasco Theater's troupe of players are so wildly innovative and exciting that I came away from this production liking it much more. Don't miss it!

sweet - Don Grigware - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

This extraordinary musical is ultimately about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true. And I can think of no better way to experience it than with the Acclaimed Fiasco Theater production, mounted with boundless energy and imagination in a witty and wild theatrical reinvention of a beloved modern musical classic. I cannot encourage you enough to take your entire family to experience it in person.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Erin Conley

This is not Into the Woods like you have ever seen it before, but instead a refreshing, creative take that manages to unlock new layers of meaning... the entire spectacle is an impressive achievement of innovative stagecraft and ensemble acting, remaining high energy throughout.

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

No matter how many times you've ventured Into The Woods, you won't want to miss seeing it done the Fiasco Theater way. Revivals don't get more uniquely fabulous than this.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder

Under the truly visionary direction of Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, this reinvigorated journey through the bewitched underbrush is meant to be extremely barebones, with 10 incredibly energetic and charismatic actors play all the characters, switching between them with lightning fast alacrity. Derek McLane's simple floor-to-light-grid jumble of theatrical rigging is meant to indicate the ominous forest of trees, while an industrial-sized ladder evokes Rapunzel's tower and a small-statured actress is illuminated like a shadow puppet to gargantuan proportions on the back wall to make that notorious lady giant come alive—and subsequently die a most dramatic death. No special effects or wildly intricate projections are utilized to tell this cautionary tale of once-upon-a-times that don't always portend happy endings.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


Don Grigware

Into the Woods has never been my favorite Sondheim musical, but Fiasco Theater's troupe of players are so wildly innovative and exciting that I came away from this production liking it much more. Don't miss it!

sweet - Don Grigware - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

This extraordinary musical is ultimately about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true. And I can think of no better way to experience it than with the Acclaimed Fiasco Theater production, mounted with boundless energy and imagination in a witty and wild theatrical reinvention of a beloved modern musical classic. I cannot encourage you enough to take your entire family to experience it in person.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Erin Conley

This is not Into the Woods like you have ever seen it before, but instead a refreshing, creative take that manages to unlock new layers of meaning... the entire spectacle is an impressive achievement of innovative stagecraft and ensemble acting, remaining high energy throughout.

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review