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The Shadow Side of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

The musical Into the Woods begins like many classic fairy tales with the line “Once Upon A Time…” 

But it’s quickly evident that this may not be a happily-ever-after story. Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale has familiar characters like Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, but it explores the darker side of what happens when our wishes do come true and the dangers in believing in a “Happily Ever After…” PlayMakers Repertory Company is presenting the musical in rotating repertory with A Midsummer Night’s Dream through Sunday, December 7. 

Host Frank Stasio previews the show in studio with director Joseph Haj, dramaturg Greg Kable, musical director Jay Wright and actors Jessica Sorgi and Jeff Meanza.

Here's a trailer for the upcoming Disney version of Into the Woods in theaters in December:

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.