Category: Into the Woods

2014 Nov 22

‘Into the Woods’ Live in Central Park

‘Into the Woods’ Live in Central Park

Back in 2012 Amy Adams took part of Public Theater’s revival of “Into the Woods” – Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical based on stories from the Grimm brothers. We’ve only seen parts of it online, but the youtube user Bruno Cavalcanti uploaded the full performance, and you can watch it below:

2012 Aug 10

PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Into the Woods Is a Mother-Goosed Musical

PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Into the Woods Is a Mother-Goosed Musical

Could it be that Amy Adams has been rapping her foot impatiently all this time, wrapping film after film and winning Oscar nominations (three, to date) — just waiting to be promptly challenged by theatre? Making your stage debut and doing it with Sondheim is what’s known as Going In the Deep End. “That’s what I figured,” she chirped back, “but who wants to dive in the shallow end? You hit your head, right?”

The Baker’s Wife does give her a character with the kind of backbone she has been known to flash on screen. “I like that she’s a take-charge person. She’s someone who believes in her wish — y’know, believes in what it is she’s after. I like her chutzpah.”

The not small fact that the role came with song didn’t phase her or frighten her at all. “I didn’t even know how difficult it was going to be until I started. I remember when I started learning the music before I even came into rehearsal. I knew the solos, but then I started on the group numbers, and I thought, ‘Oh, what have I gotten myself into? This is really, really difficult.’ But everyone has been great to me. I’m lucky to have really great models here with Jessie Mueller and Donna and Sarah — so many great singers in the show — so I just sat next to them in rehearsal and tried my best.”

– Read the full article at The Playbill

2012 Aug 07

PHOTO CALL: Into the Woods at Shakespeare in the Park

PHOTO CALL: Into the Woods at Shakespeare in the Park

Playbill just published an article with lots of photos of “Into the Woods” cast.

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning Into the Woods, which explores the shadows of well-known fairytales, receives a new outdoor staging beginning July 24 at the Delacorte Theater as part of The Public Theater’s programming.

Heavy rains during the July 18 week caused delays in the production’s rehearsal schedule, which pushed back the original July 23 start date to July 24. Into the Woods will officially open as scheduled Aug. 9 for a run through Sept 1.

Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are free and are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park the day of the show. The Public Theater is again offering free tickets through its Virtual Ticketing lottery at www.shakespeareinthepark.org on the day of the show.

The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81st Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.

For the full article, go to ThePlaybill.com.

2012 Jul 28

The Leafy Tale of the Princess and the Queen

The Leafy Tale of the Princess and the Queen

Both Donna Murphy, who plays the Witch, and Amy Adams, the Baker’s Wife, in the Public Theater’s revival of “Into the Woods” — Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical based on stories from the Grimm brothers — have solid fairy-tale credentials. Ms. Adams was Giselle in “Enchanted,” the 2007 Disney movie about a cartoon princess who springs to real life in New York City. Ms. Murphy, in “Tangled,” the 2010 animated version of the Rapunzel story, was Mother Gothel, Rapunzel’s abductor. She also tried out for the role of the Witch in the 1987 premiere of “Into the Woods,” losing out, after several callbacks, to Bernadette Peters.

But the director of the current show, Timothy Sheader, an Englishman, was only dimly aware of those connections. He had to be reminded that Ms. Adams had some musical theater in her background and hired her mostly because she is a movie star with three Oscar nominations on her résumé. He hired Ms. Murphy for the reason any sane person would: because she is a legendary Broadway performer and a Sondheim veteran (a Tony winner for her performance in “Passion”) whom Ben Brantley of The New York Times once called a “superwoman.” Continue reading The Leafy Tale of the Princess and the Queen