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Encores! 2022

Into the Woods

Special two-week run



May 4 – 15, 2022

Tickets start at $35

Recommended for audiences ages 10+



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, Christian Borle as the Baker, Jordan Donica as Rapunzel’s Prince, Heather Headley as the Witch, Julia Lester as Little Red Riding Hood, Ashley Park as Cinderella, Shereen Pimentel as Rapunzel, and Cole Thompson as Jack. The production ushers in a new tradition at Encores! which celebrates iconic American musicals. This new tradition brings together Broadway’s brightest stars with a multi-generational group, including New York City public school students, to highlight the ways theater connects us across generations. Into the Woods features choreography by film and television’s Jamal Sims and Encores! Music Director Rob Berman leading the Encores! Orchestra.

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. Check out the rest of the season: The Tap Dance Kid (Feb 2 – 6, 2022) and The Life (Mar 16 – 20, 2022).

Spring Gala | Encores! Into the Woods

Be part of the opening night performance on May 4 and celebrate with the cast and creative team at a festive post-performance dinner at The Plaza Hotel. Funds raised for the Spring Gala allow City Center to continue to provide access to the performing arts by subsidizing education programs and affordable tickets throughout the year.

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Vaccinations, Boosters & 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 and, as of January 31, proof of receiving a Covid-19 booster, for all those eligible.

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.


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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 Designer Scott Lehrer
Casting by The Telsey Office
Choreography by Jamal Sims
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Music Director Rob Berman
Directed by Lear deBessonet

Featuring Sara Bareilles, Christian Borle, Jordan Donica, Heather Headley, Julia Lester, Ashley Park, Shereen Pimentel, and Cole Thompson

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 Margo Ernst

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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Art by Ben Wiseman


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