If you missed Encores' production of Into the Woods at New York City Center this past summer, fret not. There's still an opportunity—not a lengthy visitor, it should be noted—to see Denée Benton as Cinderella, reprising the role from the Encores run in the Broadway transfer through December 24. Benton, a Tony nominee for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, joined the cast November 21, succeeding Krysta Rodriguez (who is now in The Collaboration at Manhattan Theatre Club) and Phillipa Soo (who begins Camelot this spring at Lincoln Center Theater). Watch the clip of Benton singing "On the Steps of the Palace" above.
The current cast of the fairy tale mashup musical also includes Brian d'Arcy James as the Baker, Stephanie J. Block as the Baker's Wife, Montego Glover and Patina Miller sharing the role of The Witch, Gavin Creel as the Wolf and Cinderella's Prince, Joshua Henry as Rapunzel's Prince, Katy Geraghty as Little Red Ridinghood, Jim Stanek as the Steward, Cole Thompson as Jack, Ann Harada as Jack's Mother, David Patrick Kelly as the Mysterious Man, Nancy Opel as Cinderella's Stepmother, and Alysia Velez as Rapunzel. 2022 Tony winner Joaquina Kalukango will take over the role of The Witch beginning December 16.
The cast is rounded out by Ta'Nika Gibson, Annie Golden, Albert Guerzon, Brooke Ishibashi, Kennedy Kanagawa, Delphi Borich, Felicia Curry, Jason Forbach, Alex Joseph Grayson, Cameron Johnson, Paul Kreppel, Mary Kate Moore, Diane Phelan, and Lucia Spina.
The Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical continues at the St. James Theatre through January 8, 2023.