Sarna Lapine-Directed Into the Woods, Starring Lisa Howard, Begins at the Guthrie June 17 | Playbill

Regional News Sarna Lapine-Directed Into the Woods, Starring Lisa Howard, Begins at the Guthrie June 17

The Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical plays the Minnesota venue through August 13.

Sarna Lapine and Lisa Howard

The Guthrie Theater production of the Tony-nominated Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical Into the Woods is presented June 17–August 13 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. 

Sarna Lapine, the niece of James Lapine who also directed the Broadway revival of the latter's first musical with Sondheim, Sunday in the Park With George, helms the limited engagement. 

The cast features Lisa Howard (It Shoulda Been You, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as The Witch, Sasha Andreev as Wolf/Rapunzel’s Prince, Cat Brindisi as Florinda, Kym Chambers Otto as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Anna Hashizume as Cinderella’s Mother/Rapunzel, Trevor James as Jack, Suzie Juul as Little Red Riding Hood, Kim Kivens as Jack’s Mother/Granny, Robert Knight as Baker, Greta Oglesby as Voice of the Giant, Madeline Trumble as Baker’s Wife, Emily Tyra as Cinderella, Regina Marie Williams as Narrator/Mysterious Man, Olivia Wilusz as Lucinda, Max Wojtanowicz as Cinderella’s Father/Steward, and John Yi as Milky White/Cinderella’s Prince.

Into the Woods opened on Broadway in 1987 for a nearly two-year run. The musical was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won three, including Best Original Score. The recent Broadway revival was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

"Stephen Sondheim was inarguably one of the greatest musical minds in the history of American theatre. Some could say his unparalleled approach to storytelling through music, both innovative and stimulating, created the very foundation on which modern musicals are built today,” said Artistic Director Joseph Haj in an earlier statement. “With her extensive background and visionary mindset, Sarna Lapine is the ideal director to lead a production of this magnitude. I’m excited for audiences to experience this extraordinary summer musical full of whimsy and imagination.”

The creative team also includes choreographer Alison Solomon, music director Denise Prosek, scenic designer Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, costume designer Valérie Thérèse Bart, lighting designer Donald Holder, sound designer Beth Lake, adapting orchestrator Fred Lassen, copyist Jason Hansen, assistant music director Kathryn Brown, resident dramaturg Carla Steen, fight director Aaron Preusse, intimacy director Alli St. John, resident casting director Jennifer Liestman, and assistant director Derek Prestly. 

Lori Lundquist is the stage manager, and Matthew Meeks and Nate Stanger are the assistant stage managers with McCorkle Casting, Ltd. as the New York City casting consultant.

The Guthrie previously produced three musicals with music and lyrics by Sondheim: Sweeney Todd in 1999, Merrily We Roll Along in 2001, and Sunday in the Park With George in 2017. The Guthrie also produced West Side Story, with lyrics by Sondheim, in 2018.


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