Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods is a contemporary mash-up of fairy tales, whose age-old characters express a modern point of view. The musical queries the power of desire, the individual’s responsibility to the community, and parents’ relationships to their children. At turns funny and heart-wrenching and with a richly melodic score, Into the Woods has seen numerous revivals, a film adaptation, and thousands of amateur and school productions, including a one-hour “Junior” version. In this talk, Stacy Wolf leads a journey “into the woods” of this now-classic musical to explore its various incarnations and examine its enduring appeal.
Free and open to the public
Presented in partnership with the Princeton Public Library
Stacy Wolf is one of America’s foremost scholars on musical theatre. She is Professor of Theater at Princeton, Director of Fellowships, and Director of Princeton’s new Program in Music Theater. She also has experience as a director and dramaturg. Wolf is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow and recently received a 2017 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University.