Grammy and Emmy Award winner John McDaniel will direct and conduct Patchogue Theatre’s “INTO THE WOODS IN CONCERT” for three performances, March 8 at 8 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket prices range between $39 – $69, plus applicable fees, and are available online, by phone or at the box office. For more information, visit PatchogueTheatre.org, call the Patchogue Theatre Box Office at 631-207-1313, or stop by 71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY.
The production will feature 14 actors backed by a full 15-piece orchestra. The cast stars Tony Award winner Alice RipleyTony nominee Melissa Errico as the Baker’s Wife, Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis as Cinderella’s Prince and the Wolf, Ali Ewoldt as Cinderella, Alan Muraoka as the Narrator and Mysterious Man, Ayla Schwartz as Little Red Riding Hood, Tyler Jones as Jack, and Darren Ritchie as Rapunzel’s Prince.
Non-Equity cast members include: Alexandra Imbrosci as a Step Sister; Megan Gallagher as a Step Sister; Julia Bain as the Step Mother; Jonathan Fluck as the Cinderella’s Father; Amy Jane Finnerty as Jack’s Mother; James Schultz as the Steward; and Madison Wyatt as Rapunzel. The roles of the Baker and the Witch are to be announced.
Actress and soprano Ali Ewoldt, who recently completed more than two years as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, has been cast as Cinderella. She made her Broadway debut as Cosette in the 1st Broadway Revival of Les Miserables, has starred as Maria in the 1st National Tour of West Side Story, and played Luisa in the The Fantasticks Off-Broadway, the world’s longest running musical.
Long-time “Sesame Street” actor and accomplished director Alan Muraoka has been cast as the Narrator and Mysterious Man. Alan is most recognized for his role “Alan,” the proprietor of Hooper’s Store for the past 18 seasons of the Emmy Award winning series “Sesame Street”. He has also appeared on Broadway in Aladdin, the Tony-winning revival of The King and I, and most notably Miss Saigon, among others.
Two-time TONY-nominated actor and singer Constantine Maroulis who has been cast as both Cinderella’s Prince and The Wolf. An accomplished actor, producer, singer, and songwriter, Constantine is best known for his Tony-nominated performance in Rock of Ages and his epic run as a finalist during the heyday of “American Idol.”
TONY-nominated actress and newly established writer Melissa Errico has been cast as the Baker’s Wife. She is best known for her starring roles on Broadway in Anna Karenina, My Fair Lady, High Society, Dracula, White Christmas and Amour, which earned her a Tony nomination for “Best Actress.” More recently, Melissa performed her solo concert “Melissa Sings Sondheim” celebrating the music of Stephen Sondheim in New York City and London. Currently, Melissa is starring as Daisy Gamble in the New York Irish Repertory Off-Broadway revival of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.
The original Young Elsa from Disney’s Frozen The Musical on Broadway, Ayla Schwartz, has been cast as Little Red. She can still be seen playing Young Elsa on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Ayla has performed on Off-Broadway as well as some of the most famous New York City stages.
Tyler Jones has been cast as Jack. His credits include Elder Davis in the first national tour of The Book Of Mormon, Jack in Into The Woods at TUTS, and Bix in the world premiere of David Shire and Adam Gopnik’s The Most Beautiful Room In New York, at the Long Wharf Theatre. He’s also appeared on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and can be seen lip-syncing on social media @tylermacjones.
Broadway actor and singer Darren Ritchie has been cast as Rapunzel’s Prince. Darren’s Broadway credits include Les Misérables, Bells Are Ringing, Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dracula, and Wonderland. He’s also been seen on TV’s “Days Of Our Lives” and “Law & Order SVU”.
Patchogue Theatre’s “In Concert” series is a branch of its Broadway series and is comprised of concert versions of classic Broadway musicals; these performances only run for a limited time and showcase all the music from the show with dialogue in between, a few set pieces, and some scripts in-hand!
The second production in the series is a concert version of the Broadway musical “INTO THE WOODS.” With music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim and book written by James Lapine, “INTO THE WOODS” has earned numerous awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and Olivier Awards, as well as having numerous revivals and a film version made in 2014. The musical plays with storylines from The Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales with characters from other classics such as “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, and “Rapunzel”.
Casting is by Stephen DeAngelis.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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