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Into the woods

By BC May

“A world-class city like San Miguel deserves world-class theater,” says Shelter VG4 owner, John Wharton. For that reason, his intimate art-house theater is beginning this winter season with a new matinee series of award-winning performances, hosted by local theater maven BC May, entitled “Theatre on Screen,” premiering Sunday, December 15, at 5pm. Tickets are 100 pesos, available at the door.

Into the Woods, live theater on screen
Sun, Dec 15, 5pm, 100 pesos
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
Col. San Rafael
Tel: 154-7524

Each month, plays and musicals from Broadway and London’s West End which have been recorded before a live audience using state-of-the-art digital technology will be presented on Shelter Theater’s 30-foot screen in high-definition.

Says BC, “What is amazing about this new technology is that it allows audiences to see these great productions as if they were sitting on stage. These are not movies but recordings of these works before a live audience with state-of-the-art camera work and sound.”

BC is a good judge of theater since at the Smithsonian Institute the award-winning director produced more than 600 concerts including the highly acclaimed ‘Concerts in the Museums” for three Presidential Inaugurals as well as the national tour of ‘Music and Dance From the Age of Jefferson.”

The first production of the Shelter series is Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, based on the Grimm Fairy Tales and recorded at the beautiful Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. As winner of the coveted Olivier Award for Best Musical, it features some of British theatre’s most accomplished performers including Hannah Waddington, Jenna Russel, Mark Hadfield and Judi Dench as the recorded voice of the Giant.

In its review of the show, The London Telegraph wrote, “It is an inspired idea to stage this production in the magical sylvan setting of Regent’s Park. It is a master class of Sondheim and Lapine’s magical musical.”

Into The Woods opened on Broadway in 1987. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won three awards for “Best Score,” “Best Book” and “Best Actress in a Musical.” It has been revived many times on Broadway and all over the world.

Stephen Sondheim’s amazing career started in the early fifties and was already established when Leonard Bernstein hired him to write the lyrics for West Side Story when he was just 25. A partial list of his work includes Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Road Show. At the age of 83, his collaboration with Wynton Marsalis and Bernadette Peters in A Bed and a Chair recently opened at the City Center in New York.

Other productions planned for Shelter’s “Theater on Screen” series include David Suchet in All My Sons, Neil Patrick Harris in Company, Paul Newman in Our Town and San Miguel de Allende actress Andrea Dovner in Hannah Senesh.


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