Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Review: Into the Woods

Hey readers!
It's time for my first ever Off-Broadway review Into the Woods.
Now I must admit I am the Into the Woods ultimate fan, I have seen the film 5 and a half times! (The half was because of a fire alarm by the way). So seeing this live was my absolute dream. The props, sets and costumes were absolutely genius. I especially liked the taxidermy wolf head, *SPOILER ALERT* The Baker's Wife's death which was cleverly done by her falling off the piano, the Giant's Wife who was portrayed with shadows and I thought the cow was hysterical. This show recreated old traditional theatre. The cast, of only 10, were absolutely amazing. This cast included Jennifer Mudge as The Witch, Ben Steinfeld as The Baker, Jessie Austrian as The Baker's Wife, Claire Karpen as Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood's Grandmother, Emily Young as Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, Patrick Mulryan as Jack and The Steward, Noah Brody as Cinderella's Prince, The Wolf and Lucinda, Liz Hayes as Jack's Mother and Cinderella's Stepmother, Andy Grotelueschen as Rapunzel's Prince, Florina and Milky White and finally Paul L. Coffey as The Mysterious Man. I do however feel some of the cast were struggling with some of their songs and occasionally hit duff notes. I also feel it was a pity that at the end of 'Last Midnight' The Witch didn't get swallowed into the ground as she usually does, but instead just walked off into the woods. I feel they could have at least done a mini-exploision so you wouldn't see her walking off. Overall this was a very enjoyable performance and even better than some Broadway shows.

The featured star of Into the Woods is, drum roll please… JENNIFER MUDGE!

Jennifer Mudge was even as good as Meryl Streep. She was an amazing actor and an amazing singer. Her best performance was 'Last Midnight' where she managed to hit every single note in the song.

Now for my final verdict on Into the Woods. I give Into the Woods… 

Into the Woods ends in a few days so I advise people to go and see it before it closes.

Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing On the Twentieth Century.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

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