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Thursday, July 31, 2014

TBT: Into the Woods

With this week's release of the teaser trailer for Disney's Into the Woods, I couldn't help but wax nostalgic for the original Broadway production, and for the Broadway revival.  I loved the original from the very beginning, having caught it very early in previews (when the Witch had a whole song called "Boom! Crunch!" among other things).  And I am not ashamed to admit that I really enjoyed the 2002 revival, too.  In the intervening years, I've seen many different productions - some great, some good, some not so much - and I admit that I was growing a wee bit weary of it.  Now, with some time away from it, I am looking forward to the forthcoming off-Broadway revival, and the trailer has me pretty stoked to see the film.

This being Throwback Thursday, though, let's take a look back!




THE ORIGINAL 
BROADWAY 
PRODUCTION
Martin Beck Theatre
First Preview: September 29, 1987
Opening Night: November 5, 1987
Closing Night: September 3, 1989
43 previews, 765 performances



What I LOVED:
One of the best original casts ever!
Chip Zien and Joanna Gleason are still
my favorite Baker and His Wife
The Kids Are Alright:
Danielle Ferland was SO PERFECT!
My favorite "moment in the woods":
When the Witch gets all
"Bernadette Peters" on us!
Fairy Tales do come true! Cinderella (Kim Crosby)
really married her Prince (Robert Westenberg)!
THE 2002 
BROADWAY 
REVIVAL PRODUCTION
Broadhurst Theatre
First Preview: April 13, 2002
Opening Night: April 30, 2002
Closing Night: December 29, 2002
18 previews, 279 performances




Loved MOST of the changes:


"Our Little World" was, well,
perfect.
Two wolves are better than one!
I love a LIVE Milky White! (Chad Kimball)
The "dancing" not so much...

HERE'S ONE THING BOTH PRODUCTIONS HAD IN COMMON:




Jeff
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