The cast of New Voice Company's upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim's “Into The Woods:” (back, from left) Angela Padilla, Missy Maramara, Tommy Abuel, Joaqui Valdez, Mika Margolles, Jon Mulhall, Red Concepcion; (seated, center, from left) Lynn Sherman, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Michael Williams, Mads Nicolas, Cathy Azanza; (front, from left) China Tapia, Julia Abueva, Mica Pineda and Maita Ponce.
Completing the cast are Jamie Wilson, Juno Henares, Sisa Esteva and Amiel Mendoza. Direction by NVC Associate Artistic Director Rito Asilo, choreography by Dexter Santos, set design by Gino Gonzales, lights by Martin Esteva, musical direction by Ceejay Javier.
“Into the Woods” runs November 9-December 8 at the Music Museum. Call 8966695, 8965497, 8990630 or 8919999 for tickets. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.newvoicecompany.com
Hooray for Tommy Abuel's comeback and a rare musical appearance by Mads Nicolas!
PLUS: What's your favorite “Into the Woods” tune? “No One Is Alone?” “Children Will Listen?” “Agony?” Mine is “Moments In the Woods,” not because it's the most melodious--it's hard to sing, actually--but because it spotlights Sondheim's beautiful, buoyant wordplay (“Let the moment go/Don't forget it for a moment, though/Just remembering you've had an AND/When you're back to OR/Makes the OR mean more than it did before”) that, in the hands of a gifted musical actress like Joanna Gleason, assumes even more nuance, delicacy, coloration, humor. See video below for Ms. Gleason's radiant interpretation of this tricky song. Great actressy moment worthy of her Tony trophy!
(Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo is singing this part. Yey!)