MIAMI — Into the Woods, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Broadway legends Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, plays Jan. 22 – Feb. 15 in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House). Into the Woods is a magical story that reimagines classic fairytales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and more.
Into the Woods features an all-star cast comprised of local talent and New York-based actors including Broadway’s Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls and TV’s “30 Rock”) and Arielle Jacobs (In The Heights). Into the Woods is the inaugural production by DreamCatcher Theatre, a new South Florida-based company led by Miami native brother-sister team Natalie and J.J. Caruncho, and the Arsht Center’s latest arts partner.
Tickets to Into the Woods are $50 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722 or online at www.arshtcenter.org.
Under the direction of Justin Fortunato, DreamCatcher Theatre and the Arsht Center’s production of Into the Woods takes place in the fairytale kingdom of the Brothers Grimm where, once upon a time, a baker (J.J. Caruncho) and his wife (Arielle Jacobs) were sent on a quest into the woods by a mysterious witch (Tituss Burgess). Thrust into a world of magic and adventure, they find their story intertwined with a group of legendary characters including Cinderella (Annemarie Rosano), Little Red Riding Hood (Magan Dee Yantko), and a certain young man named Jack (Bruno Vida) who happens to have some very magical beans.
The musical’s creative team features direction by Justin Fortunato; music direction by Robert Neumeyer; choreography by Kiesha Lalama; Ron Castonguay as conductor; set design by April Soroko; costume design by Alberto Arroyo; lighting design by Bryan Kaschube; sound design by Rich Szczublewski; and prop design by Jodi Dellaventura.
“We’re thrilled to welcome DreamCatcher Theatre – our newest collaborator and a creative partner that shares our belief on the transformational power of theater,” said Scott Shiller, executive vice president of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “All eyes are on Into the Woods as the Hollywood film debut of the beloved musical proved to be a holiday blockbuster. We’re excited to keep the momentum strong as we present the theatrical version – starring a brilliant mix of nationally-recognized and local superstars. This is a show for all ages and for all time!”
“DreamCatcher was founded of the deep belief that the stories we choose to tell, and how we tell them, truly matter. There is no better story to start our journey than Into the Woods,” said Natalie Caruncho, co-artistic director of DreamCatcher Theatre. “We have assembled a brilliant cast who are not only accomplished storytellers, but who also share our vision that great theatre can change lives. And we are so excited to be able to tell this beautiful story in partnership with the Arsht Center as part of their 2014-2015 Theatre Up Close season. We look forward to having all of South Florida come out to dream with us!”