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PHILIP SOKOLOFF
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2006
Press/media contact: Philip Sokoloff, (626) 683-9205

IT’S A VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE WHEN YOU GO “INTO THE WOODS” AT THE MET STARTING SEPTEMBER 29

WHAT: “Into The Woods.” The Tony Award winning musical.
WHO: Book by James Lapine. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by
Marco Gomez. Presented by the MET Theatre in association with DOMA Theater
Company and The Hope and Union Foundation. Choreography by Marco Gomez.
Musical direction: Dolf Ramos.
WHERE: The MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood, CA 90029. This is one
block east of Western Avenue and a few steps south of Santa Monica Blvd. There
is free, stacked, secure parking ˝ block east of the venue in the Earl Scheib lot.
WHEN: September 29- October 22, 2006. Fridays and Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 7.
ADMISSION: $30. Seniors and students, $20 (Use promo code 005 when requesting
senior or student discounts).
RESERVATIONS: (323) 960-1057.
ONLINE TICKETING: www.Plays411.com
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Librettist James Lapine and composer Stephen Sondheim both won Tony Awards (1988) for this enchanting show, which uses Grimm’s Fairy Tales as a jumping-off point for an exploration into the nature of human longings, the choices that we make in our lives, and their consequences. In a musical more aimed at adults than kids, but still suitable for family audiences, the stories of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and the baker and his wife are seamlessly interwoven into a unified whole rather than told sequentially. All the stories deal somewhat with the fulfillment of wishes. As the old saying goes, “Be careful of what you wish for. You just might get it.” When objectives have been achieved, can happiness once attained long endure?
For this new mounting of this very popular musical, director Marco Gomez plans a new experience for the audience. The mainstage auditorium of the MET Theatre, larger than most local intimate theatres, is ideal for the presentation of an environmental experience, in which the actors will more directly interact with the audience than in previous productions of this show. Gomez also suggests that a different approach to some of the characters will be taken. For example, Red Riding Hood will be depicted much more flirtatiously than usual.
The cast includes (in alphabetical order): Shawn Cahill, Christina Dohmen, Denise Emery, Jennifer Fenten, Blake Hogue, Juliana Johnson, Brian Mahoney, Jacqueline Joy Marcus, Andres Miranda, Coby Pfaff, Rachel Prescott, Anthony Prichard, Ehren Schweibert, August Stoten, Caroline Timm, Lisanne Walker, and Heidi White.
Mr. Gomez is also an award-winning choreographer, a function he also performs for this production. He is Executive Vice Prseident of Doma Theater Company.
Dolf Ramos, President of Doma Theater Company, is musical director for “Into The Woods.” His other credits include “Cabaret,” “Lovers’ Mayhem,” “Fire On The Water,” and “Godspell.” He has sung on tour with Michael Crawford, Barbra Streisand’s Farewell Concert and tours with the St. Charles of Borromeo Choir under the direction of Paul Salamunovich. Also an actor, Ramos has appeared in “Cabaret,” “Into The Woods,” ‘Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” and “A Murder Is Announced.” He is also a composer, whose works include the music for the show “Lovers’ Mayhem.”
Doma Theater Company is a three-year-old organization dedicated to superlative production of musical theater. Its previous production include “Lovers’ Mayhem,” “The Wild Party,” and “Cabaret.” The MET Theatre welcomes Doma in this co-production, in which a couple of MET regulars are included in the cast.
“Into The Woods” won the Tony Award for best musical in 1998. The ensuing years have only burnished its luster. With this fresh approach to a classic, prepare yourself for a magical evening of musical enchantment.

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