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North Carolina Theatre’s Vivacious Version of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods Is Delightful

On Oct. 20th, Stephen Sondheim’s twist on Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Into the Woods, opened at the North Carolina Theatre, for the first time in NCT’s 32-year history. With a howl, a few curses, and some cannibalism, beloved fairy-tale characters became quite different from what we normally envision — and with great aplomb! It was definitely… Read More ›

Jamison Stern, Raleigh native Laurel Harris (center), and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan star as the Baker and his Wife and the Witch who laid a curse of barrenness on them (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

N.C. Theatre’s Into the Woods Stars Broadway’s Laurel Harris and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan Oct. 20-25

The North Carolina Theatre‘s gala, home-grown production of Into the Woods, which will run Oct. 20-25 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, stars Broadway veterans Laurel Harris and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as the barren Baker’s Wife and the old humpbacked Witch who, years ago, cursed her husband to endure a childless marriage. The Triangle’s foremost producer of… Read More ›

“Sunday in the Park with George” Makes a Good Impression (Get the Point?) at Burning Coal

Stephen Sondheim became discouraged with musical theater upon the failure of Merrily We Roll Along in 1981. He began his collaboration with James Lapine after seeing Lapine’s Twelve Dreams (1981), which rekindled Sondheim’s spirit. Burning Coal Theatre Company’s production of Sunday in the Park with George, which is now playing in Murphey School Auditorium, near… Read More ›

“Sunday in the Park with George” Shows Its Age, But Still Entertains

Sunday in the Park with George, onstage now at Burning Coal Theatre and directed by Jerome Davis, is a quirky little musical, one inspired by Seurat’s famed painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. In his script, author James Lapine imagines what Seurat’s life must have been like and who each… Read More ›

Lisa Brescia as the Witch and Carey Cox as Rapunzel (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PRC’s “Into the Woods” Is Dark, Deep, and Fabulous

For most of us, the phrase “Once Upon a Time…” instantly evokes fond memories of fairy tales told to us by our parents. What most of us didn’t realize in our youth, however, is that those fairy tales were actually watered-down versions of older, much darker stories. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods,”… Read More ›