An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A
Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch...who raps? They're all
among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine
and Stephen Sondheim's
fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they've been
cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest
for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying
to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one
who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone's wish is granted at the end of
Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them
later, with disastrous results. What begins a lively irreverent fantasy
in the style of The Princess Bride becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.
One of Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a timeless yet relevant piece and a rare modern classic.