See it if Big time musical. Great acting and choreography.
Don't see it if A bit long and campy
See it if You want to see an all star exquisite cast perform great Sondheim show. Super fun and relevant at the same time. Clever staging. Brilliant!
Don't see it if You’re not a Sondheim fan or if you can’t cough up big bucks for a ticket. Prices are out of this world.
See it if You want to see a quintessential classic, even if it is only partly staged. It's amazing.
Don't see it if Just see it. Be happy you did.
See it if the subject matter, lyrics (esp.), music, acting and stagecraft are top-notch; tighter/funnier production than Encores original
Don't see it if Patina Miller as witch weaker than Heather Headley/Encores; 2nd act weaker than extraordinary 1st Read more
See it if I will make it simple. A theatrical masterpiece! A must see!!
Don't see it if If you prefer a drama then skip this one.
See it if have a pulse.This show is as good as it gets.No one but Sondheim could have created this.Staging, acting,singing,orchestra are perfection.
Don't see it if you think Phantom is the epitome of musical theatre. Actually, do see it, so you'll know what real musical theatre is all about.
See it if you love Sondheim, darker takes on fairy tales, and did I mention Sondheim?
Don't see it if you hate being charmed.
See it if love Sondheim, love good stories, good singing, good acting and not have shows messed with. heart and humor a plenty
Don't see it if not a fan of Sondheim. separate stories that come together into a larger story. could be too many characters for some with less attention.
"If the production’s style is minimal, it is never austere and on this mostly blank canvas, deBessonet, aided by Lorin Latarro’s playful choreography, paints in rich and plentiful tones."
“True to its semi-concert roots, this production is low on spectacle. … The costumes are a weak spot—even dialed up to Skittles brightness for the Broadway transfer, they are mostly dull and sometimes perversely indifferent to their function—but it hardly matters. The emphasis is on Sondheim’s twisting, punning, verbose score and on the easy charisma of the performers, who seem to be having an infectiously good time and who strike an expert balance between charming and sincere.”
"A mild surprise, if you’ve become accustomed to the show via its various original cast albums, is just how much comedy there is in this musical comedy. The book scenes, which the recordings skip, are funnier than I remembered, and deBessonet gets a lot out of them."
"Even when the giant starts stomping around and the cast goes boom-squish, you still find reasons to laugh. It’s a tonic. "
"Into the Woods is arguably the most humorous of Sondheim’s shows, and this ensemble of some of New York’s finest musical-theater talents has a ball playing up the comedy. But the merriment is never at the expense of the characters’ fragile humanity or the material’s poignancy."
"Despite the musical’s somewhat overextended length and dizzying complexity, this production carries us through from start to finish on a buoyant tide of inspiration. The key to the brilliance of this staging lies not so much in its musical accomplishment, ... but in its enhancement of the show’s form as an antic farce."
"This gigantic gift of a revival is scheduled through the end of August, but something tells me it will, magic beanstalk–like, extend. ... A Sondheim revival with vocally superior, perfectly cast performers, intelligent direction and design, and a sizable orchestra? Sometimes wishes do come true."
"In a top-flight production, the 1986 musical is transcendent. And make no mistake: Whatever else this summer will be remembered for, we can say this: New Yorkers and visitors to this city currently have a chance to witness the transcendence of a musical theater masterpiece."