University Theatre
Into the Woods



Wed-Sun, Feb 17-21
(8pm Wed-Sat, 3pm Sun)
Stewart Theatre

Reserved seating: Wed, Thurs $15; Friday and Saturday, Sunday, $17
General Admission seating: Wed, Thurs $13; Friday and Saturday, Sunday, $15

NCSU Students: $5

Book by James Lapine
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Cockeyed characters delight audiences in this favorite fractured fairy tale musical about people for whom wishes are more important than life itself.


What happens when an amazing lyrical composer such as Sondheim intertwines exceptional musical numbers with the stories of Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella? Add to the mix the story of a Baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family in the shadow of a Witch’s curse. The musical play that results is both light and dark, and the well-known characters jump from the page to become three-dimensional with the plot, songs and interactions with each other. As their stories are woven together we surprisingly discover the interdependence and moral ambivalence in life’s circumstances. Can we always see life as nice or not nice, good or bad, or is the answer somewhere in between? Can and should we rely upon each other in our walk through life?


The Baker and his Wife are cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door. Breaking the spell requires embarking on a quest for special objects, and by the end of Act One, we’ve met a variety of characters from the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, but not like we remember them from the stories of our childhood. At the end of Act One, wishes have been granted, but Act Two brings the consequences of their actions. What does one do with a dead giant in the back yard? Is marrying a price always a path to a happy ending? What happens after “Happily Ever After?”


 “What begins as 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. (MTI) Winner of the Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Revival, the show was originally produced on Broadway in 1987, with Bernadette Peters, Tom Aldredge, Kim Crosby, and Joanna Gleason, who also took home a Tony award for best actress.


By special arrangement with Music Theatre International.


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