Into the Woods
The Rand Theater (Bromery Center for the Arts 112, Amherst, MA 01003, Amherst MA)
Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine | Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Music Direction by David Cavallin
April 28, 29, May 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m. May 6 at 2 p.m.
In the Rand Theater
$20 general admission, $10 students and seniors, available through the **Fine Arts Center Box Office** (call 1-800-999-UMAS or visit the **website**)
Twisted takes on fairy tale conventions make this offering from the late, great Stephen Sondheim an utter delight. These tales came from Germany, France, England and other countries, but it is in the United States where, thanks to a certain animated film company, they blended into the versions that became cultural megaliths — which in turn are filtered through the equally American art form that is the musical. What happens when Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, a brace of princes, and a boy with some magic beans are threatened with an ending that’s not so happy? Can they find a way to come together as a community to triumph over adversity?