After the big success and the enthusiastic reception from the audience and critics, the legendary composer and lyricist of musical theater Stephen Sondheim and great author James Lapine’s masterly and multi-awarded musical Into the Woods returns to Greek National Opera Alternative Stage, in the approved version for piano and percussion, in two cycles. It’s a dark coming-of-age fairy tale full of enrapturing melodies, constant overturns, disarming humour and an emotive atmosphere.
The musical direction and music teaching are by conductor Stathis Soulis, and the direction and translation bear the stamp of Dimitris Bogdanos, one of the most charismatic and creative composers in his generation. Lyrics are translated by Julia Diamantopoulou.
Into the Woods, the musical, first premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 1986 and has since then enjoyed a spectacular trajectory thanks to its unsurpassable music and its masterly libretto. It was honoured with three Tony awards in 1988 and triumphed on Broadway and West End. It was also transferred to the big screen by Rob Marshal in 2014 and still continues to enchant audiences across the world with its constant anniversary revivals.
Conductor, Music Coaching: Stathis Soulis
Director, Adaptation: Dimitris Bogdanos
Lyrics Rendition: Julia Diamantopoulou
Sets, Costumes: Lina Pigadioti
Movement: Konstantinos Kounellas
Lighting: Sakis Birbilis
Cast: Nandia Kontogeorgi, Hara Kefala, Apostolis Psychramis, Maria Grampsa, Daphne David, Lefteris Kalpaktsidis, Thanos Lekkas, Danai Moutsopoulou, Dimitris Bogdanos, Olga Papakonstantinou, Marios Sarantidis, Lydia Tzanoudaki
Piano: Stathis Soulis
Percussions: Kostas Seremetis, Thodoris Vazakas