Monday, October 06, 2008

Into the Woods

I hope you got to see "Into the Woods" at Broadway by the Bay. Stephen Sondheim's gem was very well done by the San Mateo company. Local regulars Paul Araquistain (The Baker), Linda Piccone (Jack's Motner) and Brittany Ogle(Rapunzel) were all fantastic. It was great to see Lee Ann Payne return to the Bay Area to play the roll of The Baker's Wife. She is an immense talent who I hope to see at larger venues like American Musical Theatre of San Jose soon.

Sondheim is, I believe, the Shakespeare of our age. He has taken the American musical to the level of masterful poetry. I believe that in one hundred years his pieces will be considered the finest ever written and will be performed for centuries and decades to come. What do you think?

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