WEST ORANGE, NJ - With lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, Into the Woods premiered on Broadway in 1987 and was an instant hit. Tonight, the New Jersey Arts Incubator Adult Community Theater debuts its own interpretation of Into the Woods at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center at 8:00 pm, and it's a journey you're sure to enjoy. The Alternative Press was invited to a special 'dress rehearsal' performance last night. With temperatures approaching triple digits, the cast and crew made some minor modifications in wardrobe and struggled with minor audio glitches, but the production itself was professional and enjoyable, with some standout performances, ensemble musical numbers, and thought provoking plot.
The NJAI musical was produced by Carol Berman and directed by Samara Grossman, and the cast features local New Jersey residents. The plot revolves around a Baker (Angelo DeFazio of East Hanover) and his wife (Melissa Malanga of North Caldwell) who wish to have a child; Cinderella (Sarah Brodsky of Montville) who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack (Henry Gardner of West Orange) who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's (Marsha Schreier of Verona) curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. The characters all interact after going "Into the Woods". Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
A special children’s production will be presented on Sunday, July 21 and 28, highlighting a storybook celebration with Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and more.