Vista CA— “Into the Woods,” the Stephen Sondheim musical that catapulted the reputation of the Moonlight Amphitheatre in 1990 when it was the first regional theatre in the United States to be granted the production rights to the show, will be presented in a concert version for one night only on Sat., October 5 at 7:30 p.m. Helmed by Director James Vásquez and Music Director and Conductor Elan McMahan, the cast is comprised of top-flight musical theatre talent from throughout Southern California. The show also reunites on stage Moonlight Founding Artistic Director Kathy Brombacher and actress Bets Malone, who are reprising the roles they originally performed in 1990. Brombacher revisits the role of Jack’s Mother while Malone reprises the role of The Witch. The show also features Moonlight’s leadership team of Steven Glaudini as The Narrator and Colleen Kollar Smith as The Baker’s Wife.
The rest of the star-studded company includes Richard Bermudez as Cinderella’s Prince, Jeremy Bernard as Rapunzel’s Prince, Jessica Nash Bernard as Rapunzel, Jake Bradford as Jack, Mike Bradford as The Steward, Carlin Castellano as Lucinda, Douglas Davis as Cinderella’s Father, Sarah Errington as Little Red Riding Hood, Randall Hickman as The Giant, Ralph Johnson as The Mysterious Man, Shirley Johnston as Cinderella’s Mother, Rudy Martinez as The Baker, Katie Sapper as Cinderella, Amy Smith as Florinda, Lance Arthur Smith as The Wolf, Susan Stuber as Grandmother, and Maci Anne Wuebben as Cinderella’s Stepmother.
The musical will be backed with a full orchestra conducted by McMahan from the orchestra pit. Tickets, ranging $15 to $45, are on sale now online at moonlightstage.com or by calling (760) 724-2110.
“Into the Woods” premiered in 1986 at the San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre before it moved to Broadway in 1987 where it won numerous Tony Awards including Best Score (for Stephen Sondheim) and Best Book (for James Lapine). The musical depicts what happens “happily ever after” as well-known and beloved fairy tale characters are intertwined with sometimes hilarious and sometimes dramatic twists for a contemporary edge.
“Into the Woods in Concert” is a benefit concert for the Moonlight Cultural Foundation, the Moonlight’s non-profit fundraising arm which has been supporting the programs at the theatre since 1976. The Foundation also supports arts education programs through the award-winning Moonlight Youth Theatre which produces three productions yearly and offers a unique theatrical internship program which attracts participants and mentors from throughout the region.
For more information, visit moonlightstage.com or call (760) 724-2110.
“Into the Woods in Concert”
Sat., October 5, 2019
Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
Curtain at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 – $45
1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista
Phone: (760) 724-2110
PICNICKING AT THE MOONLIGHT
One of the most unique theatre-going experiences found anywhere is Moonlight’s lawn seating, allowing patrons to bring their own picnic suppers into the theatre and picnicking before the show. Lawn ticket holders receive a chair as part of their ticket upon entry to the theatre.
1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista
Gates open for picnicking and dining 90 minutes before curtain. Non-alcoholic beverages and food may be brought into the Amphitheatre. Parking is free.
ABOUT MOONLIGHT STAGE PRODUCTIONS
Winner of several San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards, including Best Resident Musical for 2017’s In the Heights, Moonlight Stage Productions is the cultural arts program of the City of Vista. Named “San Diego’s #1 Outdoor Theatre” by readers of ‘San Diego Magazine,’ Moonlight Stage Productions provides high caliber Broadway musical theatre each summer in the 1800-person capacity Moonlight Amphitheatre, owned and operated by the City of Vista. Audiences attend from San Diego, Southern Riverside, and Orange Counties making the Moonlight a regional destination for Broadway musical theatre. The Moonlight’s season of Broadway musicals is produced in the picturesque Moonlight Amphitheatre, a summertime tradition experienced by more than one million people. Throughout the decades, the Amphitheatre has seen numerous transformations, but nothing as dramatic as the total reconstruction of the stage house in 2008- 2009. With a grand re-opening in June 2009, a state-of-the-art venue was revealed, which included modern stage and audience facilities. Since then, the Amphitheatre has extended its entertainment offerings with the addition of concerts and other special events held throughout the year through Moonlight Presents and ClubM.