Into The Woods
Suggested Ages: 7 to 14+, Adult Friendly
Stephen Sondheim’s beloved Tony-award winning, clever mash-up of favorite fairy tales comes to Broadway for a limited run after a sold-out run at New York City Center Encores. This star-studded production features phenomenal stars (and unknowns) bringing rich humanity to fairy tale characters. Kids will love Milky White, the cow brought to life through brilliant puppetry.
Lots of humor and action in the first act as the plot follows . The second act goes beyond the happily ever afters and gets quite dark, though the ending is uplifting/bittersweet.
⏱ 2 hours and 50 minutes with one 15-minute intermission. Second act is (gorgeous) ballad heavy and can be tough for squirmy kids.
❤️ A lascivious wolf preys on a young girl and there is some extramarital heavy kissing.
💥 A few beloved characters die by giant (indicated by enormous shoes). Usually referenced rather than shown. Very sad, though most of them come back onstage to sing later.
💥 Follows the original, not Disney versions of the fairy tales, so body parts are chopped off, knives are wielded, granny and girl are swallowed, etc. Nothing is graphic and usually played for comedy.
🎟 Enter the digital lottery for $50 tickets before 10:30 am the day of weekday performances or before 10:30 am the Friday before for weekend performances.
🎟 A limited number of $59 rush tickets available in person at the St. James Theatre box office each day beginning at 10 am. Each person can request up to two tickets for that afternoon or evening’s performance.
🎟 The mezzanine is very raked, so good views for shorties.
📚 In Chris Colfer’s fast-paced, hugely popular The Land of Stories series, two siblings fall into a fairy-tale world, like Sondheim’s woods but viewed through 13-year-olds with a modern twist. Illustrated companion The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales explains most of the fairy tales found in the musical.
📚 Get more alternative takes on popular characters in Red: The (Fairly) True Story of Red Riding Hood and Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, plus over-the-top princes in The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.
📚 Kids can go into their own woods with Endlessly Ever After: Pick YOUR Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings!, a funny, original choose-your-path picture book of fractured fairy tales.