Maybe They're Magic! Cast Complete for Fiasco's INTO THE WOODS National Tour
Casting is announced today for the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production of INTO THE WOODS.
This celebrated new production of the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine will launch a national tour in December at The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL, following technical rehearsals and tour preview performances at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts in Orange Park, FL.
This wildly inventive ensemble piece features versatile actor/musicians who will sing, act and play instruments, including Evan Harrington as Baker, Anthony Chatmon II as Lucinda/Wolf/Cinderella's Prince, Fred Rose as Mysterious Man, Darick Pead as Milky White/Florinda/Rapunzel's Prince, Bonne Kramer as Cinderella's Stepmother/Jack's Mother, Laurie Veldheer as Cinderella/Granny, Vanessa Reseland as Witch, Philippe Arroyo as Jack/Steward, Eleasha Gamble as Baker's Wife, and Lisa Helmi Johanson as Little Red Riding Hood/Rapunzel, with Joshua Archer, Javier Ignacio, Kate Moore, Evan Rees, Alanna Saunders, and Chris Sweatt.
Ben Steinfeld, co-director of this production and co-artistic director of Fiasco Theater, had this to say about the celebrated ensemble company: "The key element in every Fiasco show is the sense of ensemble that the audience sees on stage. What you're seeing is not a group of individuals, but an actual group-like seeing a band or a choir. We're really listening, breathing, and thinking together."
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 award-winning musical classic has been mounted with boundless imagination: a witty and wild theatrical reinvention like you've never seen it before.
This production is directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, with Scenic Design 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 by Lisa Shriver.
Including dazzling songs like "Children Will Listen" and "No One Is Alone," this thrillingly clever new version made Ben Brantley of The New York Times fall "head over heels." Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant in the sky at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true.
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 3 Academy Awards and 3 Golden Globes.
Noah Brody (Co-Director). Noah Brody is an actor, director, writer and teacher. He is a co-artistic director and head of producing for Fiasco Theater. Noah has co-directed and acted in Fiasco's productions of Into the Woods, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night and Cymbeline, which received the 2012 Off-Broadway Award for best revival. This spring, he will appear in their production of Two Gentlemen of Verona. Noah has acted at theaters around the country and in Europe, appeared shirtless on soaps, headless on a crime drama, and as a dismembered torso on some underwear boxes. He teaches acting, voice and text through Fiasco and the NYU Gallatin School summer Shakespeare Intensive, and choreographs fights for money. He spends that money on singing lessons, horn lessons and cat food. Not for him. For the cats. Noah writes plays, including The Vexed Question, currently under development with Fiasco. He enjoys long, complicated novels and being in physical peril. He is a proud graduate of the Brown-Trinity MFA Acting program.
Ben Steinfeld (Co-Director). Ben Steinfeld is an actor, director, teacher and musician, and is co-artistic director of the celebrated Fiasco Theater. Ben was seen on Broadway in the recent Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, and as James Monroe in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. His Off-Broadway acting/co-directing work includes Fiasco's acclaimed productions of Cymbeline at Theatre for a New Audience and the Barrow Street Theatre, and Measure for Measure at The New Victory. Selected regional acting work includes: Into the Woods (also co-director, McCarter), Misalliance (Portland Center Stage), Design for Living (Williamstown), Room Service (Westport), and ten plays with Trinity Rep. Ben's television and film work includes HBO's Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Ben co-authored an essay for the new book Living with Shakespeare (Random House), and is an artist-in-residence with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate oF Brown University and the Brown/Trinity MFA Program.
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 (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