Into the Woods to open in Manila in February 2015
Into the Woods staged in the closest thing we can have to the woods in Manila
(SPOT.ph) You can be honest and tell people that the Walt Disney-Meryl Streep version would be your first exposure to Into the Woods, the musical originally penned by Stephen Sondheim (based on the book by James Lapine). The show premiered way back in 1987, but watching it for the first time on the big screen should prove to be just as magical. Should you find yourself falling in love with it so much that you want to see it live...well then, Merry Christmas. Into the Woods is coming to Manila in February 2015.
Noel and Joel Trinidad
Two generations of Trinidads will help bring enchantment on stage, with veteran theater actor Noel Trinidad playing the part of the Narrator and his son, Joel, "bossing" him around as the director of the show.
Joining them are Loy Martinez and Noel Rayos as the Baker, Sheila Martinez as the Baker’s wife, Jillian Ita-as as Red, Chino Veguillas as the Wolf, Nicky Trivino as Red’s grandmother, Reb Atadero as Jack, Tenee Chan as Jack’s mother, Charley Magalit as Rapunzel, George Schulze as Rapunzel’s prince, Mica Pineda as Cinderella, Julienne Mendoza as Cinderella’s prince, Jill Peña as Florinda, Justine Peña as Lucinda, Kay Ligayu as Stepmother, Robie Zialcita as Cinderella’s father, and Onyl Torres as the Steward.
As the names of the characaters suggest, Into the Woods weaves the Grimm Brothers stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk among other fairy tales with that of an original one involving a childless baker and his wife. The couple are cursed by a witch and to break it, they journey...hm, into the woods and all of these fantastic characters.
The woods itself is a character, so to give the audience that forest-y feeling, Upstart Productions Inc. and AVIVA are staging the show at Kasalikasan Garden, Bonifacio Global City.
Kasalikasan at BGC
"We’ve always loved the musical," shared Upstart Managing Director Onyl Torres, who does double duty as a vocal coach for the present production, "So why not do it in the actual woods?"
Into the Woods will run on Saturdays and Sundays from February 21 to March 15, 2015 at Kasalikasan Garden, Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City. Tickets available at TicketWorld.