The tour brings together the Dodgers (current producers of Jersey Boys and Matilda) and the original Tony Award-winning producers of Into the Woods and its Broadway revival with NETworks Presentations (South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera, War Horse).
The acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical was seen at New Jersey's McCarter Theatre Center in May 2013. It officially opened Off-Broadway Jan. 22, 2015, following previews that began Dec. 18, 2014, at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. It played its final performance April 12.
Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, who directed the show in 2013 and again at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA, repeated their work Off-Broadway.
The production featured the original McCarter Theatre Center/Fiasco Theater cast, including Jessie Austrian as Baker’s Wife, Noah Brody as Lucinda, Wolf & Cinderella’s Prince, Paul L. Coffey as Mysterious Man, Andy Grotelueschen as Milky White, Florinda & Rapunzel’s Prince, Liz Hayes as Cinderella’s Stepmother & Jack’s Mother, Claire Karpen as Cinderella & Granny, Jennifer Mudge as Witch, Patrick Mulryan as Jack & Steward, Ben Steinfeld as Baker and Emily Young as Little Red Ridinghood & Rapunzel.
Here's how the production was billed: "With only 10 actors, one piano and boundless imagination, this witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is Into the Woods like you've never seen it before! This stripped-down, unplugged, thrillingly clever new version includes all the dazzling classic songs like 'Children Will Listen' and 'Giants in the Sky.' Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what happens when they really do come true."
The creative team included Derek McLane (sets), Whitney Locher (costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lighting), Darron L West (sound), Lisa Shriver (choreographer), Matt Castle (pianist/music director/orchestrations) and Frank Galgano (orchestrations).