Wonder Theatre brings classic Sondheim musical Into the Woods to the Woodlawn Theatre stage

The show uproots fairytale protagonists from their peaceful homelands and thrusts them into a dark forest haunted by a vengeful witch's curse.

click to enlarge The musical showcases a spellbinding score, atmospheric stage design and reimagined characters with misguided motives. - Courtesy Photo / Wonder Theatre
Courtesy Photo / Wonder Theatre
The musical showcases a spellbinding score, atmospheric stage design and reimagined characters with misguided motives.
One of Stephen Sondheim's most revered musical theater masterpieces, Into The Woods, merges beloved bedtime stories with bloodshed.

The show uproots fairytale protagonists Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack — he of the beanstalk fame — from their peaceful homelands and thrusts them into a dark forest haunted by a vengeful witch's curse. Despite its familiar cast, this triple Tony Award-winning story is all its own, showcasing a spellbinding score, atmospheric stage design and reimagined characters with misguided motives.

Despite the presence of its fairy tale protagonists, the story at the core of Into The Woods is that of a baker and his wife who want nothing more than to have a child. When the couple discovers the witch's curse as the cause of their infertility, they embark on a dangerous quest to break the spell. The fairy tale crew join the pair as they undertake the journey, and each brings along their own wish that can only be fulfilled by defeating the witch.

After going to unthinkable lengths to break the witch's curse, each of the characters gets what they set out for, but not without morbid and seemingly insurmountable consequences.

$18-$32, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday Sept. 1-24, Wonder Theatre at Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 267-8388, wondertheatre.org.

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