Theater News: Into The Woods, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, Be More Chill, Jasper, The Near Disaster of Jasper & Casper and Floyd Collins

Well we already know, when The piano lesson was kicked out of the St. James Theatre, but now it’s official. Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, announced that the highly acclaimed and highly rated New York City Center Encores! production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s cover of In the woods at the St. James Theater will be extended for another eight weeks. Tickets are on sale until October 16.

In the woods, the first Broadway show of the 2022/2023 season, is directed by Lear deBessonet, musical direction by Rob Berman with The Encores! Orchestrated and choreographed by Lorin Latarro. This production is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Sondheim.

More casting announcements will be made soon.

Tickets for the expansion will be available beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST via SeatGeek.com/into-the-woods.

In the woods premiered on Broadway in 1987, winning three Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Book. It has since been produced around the world and was adapted into a major film in 2014. This production marks its first Broadway run in 20 years.

The acclaimed production is once again directed by legendary Oscar and Tony Award winner Joel Grey. Also returning to recreate his award-winning performance, Steven Skybell stars as Tevye, a milkman navigating family, faith and changing traditions in the small Russian shtetl of Anatevka.

be cooler had its Asian premiere this summer at the New National Theater Playhouse, Tokyo, and will follow with performances in Fukuoka and Osaka. be cooler is directed by Tony Award nominee Stephen Brackett.

Be More Chill, a musical adaptation of the 2004 novel of the same title by American author Ned Vizzini, has a book by Joe Tracz and music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated Joe Iconis. It originally premiered at the Two River Theater in New Jersey in 2015.

The cast of Be More Chill includes: Kota Yabu from Hey! Say! JUMP, Seishiro Kato, Sayuri Inoue, Yuya Kido, Akiyoshi Utsumi, Ruki Saito, Marika Dandoy, Ayaka Larrison, Bro.Tom and Daisuke Yokoyama.

The Wonder Window Theater Company and Executive Producer Lisa Dozier are proud to announce the world premiere of Grant MacDermott’s play Jasper off-Broadway, directed by Katie McHugh. Performances will begin Sept. 8 ahead of its opening night on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater at Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W 42nd St). Tickets cost between $25 and $75 and can be purchased by visiting YonderWindow.co.

Dominique Fumusa

Trapped by the reality of their son’s illness, a couple struggles to keep their child and their marriage alive. A chance meeting changes everything and forces them to reassess their situation and strive to find what is missing in their lives.

Abigail Hawk

The cast includes Dominic Fumusa (“Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”; Film: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Broadway: Wait Until Dark), Abigail Hawk (“TV’s Blue Bloods”) and Jessica Pimentel (“Orange Is the New Black”), the stunt doubles are Justin Adams (TV: “The Affair”) and Jessica DiGiovanni (MCC’s Seared, MTC’s Close Up Space).

Jessica Pimentel

The creative team includes set and costume design by Michael Gianfrancesco; lighting design by Robin A. Paterson; sound design by John Gromada, intimacy director is Judi Lewis-Ockler and casting is by JZ Casting. The production manager is Merrick Williams, production management is FIVE OHM and LDK Productions is the general manager.

Jasper won the TRU New Voices Award in 2018. In the summer of 2019, Yonder Window Theater Company produced an AEA industry staged reading in collaboration with Adelaide Raleigh Productions and Boz and the Bard Productions.

Jasper and Casper’s Near Disaster, a fantastical new solo exhibition and magical adult fairy tale brimming with imagination and adventure. The production will light up the New York stage this summer in a limited, Off-Broadway engagement at Theater Row’s Theater Five. Written and starring Jason Woods and directed by Michelle Svenson, premieres Wednesday, August 24e and the race will continue until Sunday, September 18e. The official opening night is Thursday, September 1st at 7:30 p.m. There are 26 performances in total.

InThe near-disaster of Jasper and Casper, Jasper feels very different from the people around him and sets out to find his real family. Along the way, he discovers a blunt witch, a mysterious articulated dragon, and a goal he never expected. As Jasper gets closer to the truth, he faces his own fears, his brother Casper’s obsession, and a harrowing path to his own destiny. Award-winning actor Jason Woods transforms into each character with quick dexterity and heartfelt authenticity in a fantastical adventure for the kid in everyone. Ghosts, magic, and deadly cows abound in The Near-Disaster of Jasper & Casper.

Christine Sajous

Out of the Box Theatrics (Elizabeth Flemming, Founder and Production Artistic Director; Ethan Paulini, Associate Artistic Director) is thrilled to announce that the company will produce the first Off-Broadway revival of the critically acclaimed musical, Floyd Collins. The production, which will be directed by Christina Sajous (Broadway’s Sponge Bob SquarePants, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, American Idiot; The 2019 production of Out of the Box Theatrics Babe), will play from November 11 to December 18, 2022 at Theater 71 of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street). Opening night is Monday, November 28.

Floyd Collins features music and lyrics by two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Adam Guettel (The light in the square), with a book by Tina Landau, Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner (member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company, Broadway’s Sponge Bob SquarePants, Superior Donuts). The musical was originally commissioned by the American Musical Theater Festival in Philadelphia, which produced its world premiere in 1994. The Off-Broadway premiere, directed by Landau, was produced in 1996 by Playwrights Horizons. It won the 1996 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical and Guettel won the 1996 Obie Music Award for the unique blend of bluegrass and folk music with other contemporary musical forms and influences. The show was considered by many critics to be a modern classic of musical theatre, with John Simon, New York Magazine hailing it as “the original and audacious musical of our time. After its brief original tour in New York, it has since been produced across the United States, in London and elsewhere. Floyd Collins is based on the real-life “Cave Wars” incident that took place in central Kentucky in the early 20th century, where explorers and landowners fought to exploit the interconnected cave system for commercial gain. In 1925, while pursuing a dream of fame and fortune by turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, Floyd Collins himself becomes the attraction when he finds himself trapped 200 feet underground. Alone but with sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fights for his sanity – and, ultimately, his life – as the above rescue effort explodes into the first real media circus. Journalists and onlookers from across the country descend on the property, fueling hysteria and manipulating the nation into holding its collective breath. Out of the Box Theatrics, an Off-Broadway company founded in 2015, stages inventive, site-specific productions of new and classic plays and musicals, while inviting audiences to experience work outside of its expectations. The company recently garnered attention for its critically acclaimed streaming co-production with Jason Robert Brown. The last 5 years (New York Times’ Critic’s Pick, 2021 Drama League Nominee for Outstanding Digital Theatre, 2022 Antonyo Award nominated for Best Digital Theater Production), and his new production of the 1983 Broadway musical Babeoriginally staged in 2019 and revived in 2021 (nominated for the 2022 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical). The production of Out of the Box Theatrics will explore sensationalist reporting in the world of the show, which, nearly 100 years later, reflects our own era of “fake news” and “clickbait”. The production will also examine the racial elements at play in segregated 1920s Kentucky. Known for staging site-specific productions, Out of the Box Theatrics selected Theater 71 in the basement of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament for the subterranean feeling the intimate space generates. The church was in danger of closing during the pandemic, and Out of the Box Theatrics is thrilled to perform at this hidden Upper West Side gem. Casting and additional production details will be announced in the coming weeks.