Sunderland students revive Sondheim musical

Graeme Danby (middle) with his students.
Graeme Danby (middle) with his students.
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SUNDERLAND students are going Into The Woods to revive a hit Broadway musical.

The University of Sunderland’s Live Project for 2014 is Stephen Sondheim’s classic Into The Woods, adapted from several Brothers Grimm fairytales.

The musical is tied together by the story of a childless baker and his wife, and their quest to begin a family which involves encounters with several storybook characters including Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood.

The show is being produced and directed by Graeme Danby, visiting professor of music at the university, with choreography by university dance lecturer Sarah Riach.

Most of the students taking part are on performing arts courses, but the cast includes students taking other degrees too.

Graeme said: “We’re blessed with an exceptional cast and although the show was a hit on Broadway and the West End in the late 1980s and early 90s, it has been a bit neglected of late.

“However, there is film version being released at Christmas starring Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, James Corden and Emily Blunt, so its profile is going to be very high again.”

The students’ production will be performed at the Customs House, South Shields on Monday, June 2 and Tuesday, June 3 and at St Andrew’s Church, Roker, on Wednesday, June 4.

There are matinees as well as evening performances, and tickets are available from the Customs House Box Office on 454 1234) or at For the performances at St Andrew’s, ring John Pattison on 548 8105 or 516 0135 or you can buy a ticket at the door.