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Musical (1987)

Musique: Stephen Sondheim
Paroles: Stephen Sondheim
Livret: James Lapine

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Donmar Warehouse (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 05 novembre 1998
Première : lundi 16 novembre 1998
Dernière : samedi 13 février 1999
Mise en scène : John Crowley
Chorégraphie : Jonathan Butterell
Avec : Frank Middlemass (Narrator), Clare Burt (Witch), Christopher Pizzey (Jack), Sheila Reid (Jack’s Mother), Nick Holder (Baker), Sophie Thompson (Baker ’s Wife), Jenna Russell (Cinderella), Samantha Lavender (Rapunzel), Sheridan Smith (Red Riding Hood), Damian Lewis (Cinderella ’s Prince), Matt Rawle (Rapunzel''s Prince), Caroline Sheen (Florinda), Ceri Ann Gregory (Lucinda), Dilys Laye
Commentaires : The Donmar Warehouse has again produced a Stephen Sondheim show. They have had success in the past with Sondheim's "Assassins" and "Company", and now they have revived his 1987 musical "Into The Woods", which has both music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by James Lapine.

> 1999 Laurence Olivier Award: Best Actress in a Musical (Sophie Thompson)
> 1999 Laurence Olivier Award nomination: Outstanding Musical Production (Info the Woods)
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH of THE EVENING STANDARD, who always seems to give Sondheim good reviews, says, "Into The Woods still emerges as a magical, psychotherapy musical, which makes adult sense of childish fairy tales."

CHARLES SPENCER of THE DAILY TELEGRAPH thought it lacked emotion and was, at times, boring. He said, "Emotional involvement, the lifeblood of all great musicals, is in desperately short supply. Only at the very end, when the bereaved baker tries to comfort his crying child, did I suddenly discover a lump in my throat."

DAVID BENEDICT of THE INDEPENDENT says, "A production whose intimacy makes you feel as if you are watching a well-acted play with music rather than being treated to a full-blown musical."

MICHAEL BILLINGTON of THE GUARDIAN says, While John Crowley's production of Sondheim and Lapine's Into The Woods offers civilised pleasure, it is also rather thinly sang. In stressing narrative rather than vocal values, it denies us much in the way of aural ecstasy."

LISA MARTLAND of THE STAGE says, It seems unlikely this interpretation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's 'Into the Woods' is going to rate highly."

The headline in THE TIMES reads, "Bumpy woodland ride".