Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Saint Vincent's Theater Goes 'Into the Woods'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Saint Vincent's Theater Goes 'Into the Woods'

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With nearly five decades of entertaining local audiences, the Summer Theater at Saint Vincent College has had only four artistic directors.

The newest one, Greggory Brandt, 47, of Latrobe came on board in January and has already planned a season of "love, laughter and life's lessons" with the staging of two musicals, a serious drama and a comedy/farce.

He replaced Colleen Reilly Rossmiller.

"Our 2015 season has something for everyone with a uniquely different array of shows," he said.

The season opener on May 28, "The Marvelous Wonderettes," focuses on a circa-1950s girl group and features more than 20 throwback pop hits, such as "Lollipop," "Dream Lover" and "It's My Party."

In the second slot, "Tuesdays with Morrie" is a thought- provoking, deeply emotional drama.

Another musical, Stephen Sondheim's, Brothers Grimm-inspired "Into the Woods," promises memorable songs, quotes and moments for audience members of all ages. "Being Sondheim, it's challenging work," Mr. Brandt said.

For the finale, playwright Ken Ludwig's "Moon Over Buffalo," closes out the season with a laugh-out-loud style of comedy/farce.

Knowing he'd been hired in September, the new artistic director said he had time to give the upcoming season considerable thought. High on his list was "The Sound of Music," celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but the show is on tour and the rights are virtually impossible to get.

However, director Rob Marshall turned "Into the Woods" into a film last year with Meryl Streep earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress as the Witch. Besides having the advantage of selecting a work currently in the pop cultural limelight, Mr. Brandt has another reason to stage the musical - in its 2009 production, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera cast him in the role of Rapunzel's Prince, which gives him a personal connection to the work. …

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