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Casting Expected Soon for London Into the Woods Benefit

Contrary to a previous report, pop icon Madonna will not play the Witch in the Royal Albert Hall's gala benefit performance of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, which will be presented on Sunday, October 22nd at 3 PM and 7:30 PM. 

Into the Woods will star Joanna Riding as Little Red and Olivier Award-winner Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins) as Cinderella.  Other previously announced cast members include Anita Dobson and Vinnie Jones.

More casting is expected to be announced in a few days.

With music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Lapine, Into The Woods "combines classic fairy tales into a story about 'the complications of living in modern society and the difficult choices we encounter on the paths of our lives'. The stories - including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel - are joined with a new creation; the tale of The Baker and His Wife," according to Royal Albert notes.  The show premiered on Broadway in November 1987 and ran for 765 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre.  Lapine and Sondheim--as well as actress Joanna Gleason--won Tonys for their work.

Peter Penny and Paul Savident will produce the event for The Childrens' Society.

Visit www.royalalberthall.com for tickets and more information.



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