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Encores! 2022

Into the Woods

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May 4 – 15, 2022

Approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes with one intermission

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National Tour

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For more information on this multi-city tour, please visit the Broadway run website.



A Baker and his wife, Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, and even the Witch all wish for something, but they must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want in the Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods.

This special two-week run of Into the Woods, directed by Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet, will honor the memory of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim. The star-studded cast includes Sara Bareilles as the Baker’s Wife, Denée Benton as Cinderella, Gavin Creel as the Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince, Jordan Donica as Rapunzel’s Prince, Ta’Nika Gibson as Lucinda, Annie Golden as Cinderella’s Mother/Grandmother/Giant’s Wife, Albert Guerzon as Cinderella’s Father, Ann Harada as Jack’s Mother, Neil Patrick Harris as the Baker, Heather Headley as the Witch, Brooke Ishibashi as Florinda, Kennedy Kanagawa as Milky White, David Patrick Kelly as the Narrator/Mysterious Man, Julia Lester as Little Red Riding Hood, Lauren Mitchell as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Shereen Pimentel as Rapunzel, Cole Thompson as Jack, and David Turner as the Steward.

The production ushers in a new Encores! tradition, celebrating the community-building potential of iconic American musicals. A multigenerational community chorus of New York City seniors and public-school students rounds out the ensemble for a finale that highlights the many ways theater connects us across time.

Into the Woods features choreography by Lorin Latarro and Rob Berman leading The Encores! Orchestra in his final production as Encores! Music Director.

Into the Woods is part of the 2022 Encores! season, our beloved, Tony-honored series of revivals celebrating American musical theater—now in its 28th year. 

Vaccinations & Masks Required

To ensure the health and safety of everyone, at this time City Center will operate a fully vaccinated venue. Artists, crew, staff, and audience members (adults and children) must provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination.

Approved masks must be worn by all audience members, staff, and crew.

To help you buy with confidence, please review our latest health, safety, and ticket policies.


Interested in VIP seats? Join the President’s Council starting at $2,500 and receive access to premium seats and other special benefits throughout the season. Please call 212.763.1257 or email for more information.


Casting and programming subject to change.

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Point of View

Point of View

  • “Some Enchanted Evening”
    New York Times Critic’s Pick

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Cast & Credits

Cast & Credits

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Scenic Designer David Rockwell
Costume Designer Andrea Hood
Lighting Designer Tyler Micoleau
Sound Designers Scott Lehrer & Alex Neumann
Puppet Designer James Ortiz
Hair, Wig & Makeup Designer Cookie Jordan
Casting by The Telsey Office
Choreography by Lorin Latarro
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Music Director Rob Berman
Directed by Lear deBessonet

Featuring Sara Bareilles, Denée Benton, Gavin Creel, Jordan Donica, Ta’Nika GibsonAnnie GoldenAlbert GuerzonAnn HaradaNeil Patrick HarrisHeather Headley, Brooke Ishibashi, Kennedy Kanagawa, David Patrick Kelly, Julia Lester, Lauren Mitchell, Shereen Pimentel, Cole Thompson, and David Turner

Jason Forbach (swing), Cameron Johnson (swing), Mary Kate Moore (swing)

Encores! Artistic Leadership
Lear deBessonet | Artistic Director
Rob Berman | Music Director
Clint Ramos | Producing Creative Director
Josh Clayton | Supervisor of Music Administration & Score Restoration
Adrian Alea | Creative Associate

Creative Advisors
Camille A. Brown, Eisa Davis, and Robert O'Hara

Producer of Musical Theater
Jenny Gersten

Show Your Encores! Love

Show Your Encores! Love

For nearly 30 years we’ve watched our Encores! series bring a community together through a shared love of song and dance. Now there has never been a more important time to return this flagship program, like a beacon of hope, back to our New York community. Please consider making a gift today to support this beloved series.


Leadership Support for Encores!
Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater

Major Support for Encores! is provided by

Encores! Season Sponsors
Roz and Jerry Meyer
The Shubert Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!
Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust

Major Support for Into the Woods is provided by
Estate of Douglas S. Cramer, Jr.
John and Margot Ernst
The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund

Additional Support for Into the Woods is provided by
Marta Heflin Foundation

Additional support for Encores! is provided by
The Kaplen Brothers Fund
The Frederick Loewe Foundation
Daryl and Steven Roth
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.
The SHS Foundation
The Ted Snowdon Foundation
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Production videography by Bardo Arts/Alex Pearlman
Production photos by Joan Marcus
Art by Ben Wiseman