Archival PhotosCelebrate Into the Woods With a Look Back at 3 Decades of the Beloved ShowThe musical from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine opened November 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre.
November 05, 2020
Once upon a time, 32 years ago on November 5, 1987, Stephen Sondheim's elaborate interweaving of fairy tales, Into the Woods, opened at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway. The famous score includes “No One Is Alone,” “Children Will Listen,” and the show's title song.
Since Into the Woods opened on Broadway in 1987 (with a Tony-winning run of 765 performances), the performances of the original cast have been preserved on film; the musical has received three New York revivals, including one on Broadway; and the show has been turned into an Academy Award-nominated feature film. Now a mainstay of regional theatres, summer stock companies, community theatres, and high schools, look back at 33 years of Into the Woods in the gallery below!
In anticipation of the upcoming release of the long-awaited Disney screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods, Playbill.com reached out to the cast of the original Broadway production, who shared their memories from rehearsals to performance, including the creation of "No One Is Alone," candid backstage stories and standout moments with Stephen Sondheim.
Into the woods they went again: Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine and a cast of legends theatre folk could only dream up in a fairytale (or four, in Into the Woods' case). But, this time the enchanted forest was located in Brooklyn — for one day only — June 21 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
What was the Witch's big song before "The Last Midnight" was written? What happened to the Baker's Wife in the very first production? Learn how Into the Woods changed from its premiere performance on stage to the Disney motion picture.