Theater: Into the Woods – Revival

Opened: June 28, 2022

Book by: James Lapine

Music & Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim

Broadway Revival Replacement Cast: Montego Glover, Stephanie J. Block, Brian d’Arcy James, Gavin Creel, Joshua Henry, Denée Benton, Cole Thompson, Katy Geraghty, David Patrick Kelly, Annie Golden, Nancy Opel, Ann Harada, Delphi Borich, Felicia Curry, Jason Forbach, Ta’Nika Gibson, Alex Joseph Grayson, Albert Guerzon, Brooke Ishibashi, Kennedy Kanagawa, Paul Kreppel, Mary Kate Moore, Diane Phelan, Sam Simahk, Lucia Spina, Jim Stanek & Alysia Velez

Transferring from New York City Center and opening less than a year after Stephen Sondheim’s death, Into the Woods is a perfect tribute to the late composer.

A baker (Brian d’Arcy James), his wife (Stephanie J. Block), young Jack (Cole Thompson), Cinderella (Denée Benton) and Little Red Riding Hood (Katy Geraghty) enter the woods for different purposes. When a giant (Annie Golden) appears, their worlds will never be the same.

This is a beautifully stripped-down performance with the orchestra onstage and few set pieces. Because of this, you can focus on the all-star cast filled with Broadway legends and some future greats, including scene-stealing Milky White puppeteer Kennedy Kanagawa.

Sondheim and Lapine’s great blend of comedy and drama is executed well and Montego Glover (The Witch) does this better than anyone.

Final say: Into the woods we will always go. ★★★★★

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