However striped down, Stephen Sondheim's works have been the go-to revival on Broadway when it comes to musicals. Sweeney Todd, Company, Passion, A Little Night Music, and (arguably his best) Follies came back with acclaim. Even Sondheim's 1987 fractured fairytale masterpiece Into the Woods saw a decent revival featuring Vanessa Williams. And if you have yet to catch the show, shame on you. It's a staple. But the Ray of LIght Theater is here to help.
If you're not familiar with Into the Woods, it tells the classic tale of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and more, set to Sondheim's deliriously wordy lyrics and punchy (and at times harrowing) score in Act I. Act II asks what happens when, at last, all of your wishes come true.
"Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone" are favorites among most musical theater nerds. We prefer "Moments in the Woods," the show's greatest moment, really. Here it is performed by Joanna Gleason in the original Broadway production. Behold:
Catch Into the Woods at the Ray of Light Theater at the Eureka Theatre (215 Jackson Street @ Battery). Tickets are $35-$36.
Runs until June 29th.