Presented by Victorian Opera in July 2014, Into The Woods’ sold out season starred David Harris as The Baker (Awarded Theatre People’s Pro Choice Award for Best Actor in a musical), Queenie van de Zandt (The Full Monty, King Kong) as the Witch, Chrissy O’Neil (Avenue Q, Sunday in the Park with George) as Baker’s Wife and Lucy Maunder (Grease, Doctor Zhivago) as Cinderella.
Rounding out the cast was John Dietrich as The Narrator, Josie Lane as Little Red Riding Hood, Matt McFarlane as Cinderella’s Prince, Rowan Witt as Jack, and Melissa Langton as Jack’s Mother.
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine reimagine the magical world of fairy tales as the classic stories of Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel collide with the lives of a childless baker and his wife. Musical direction by Benjamin Northey and directed by Stuart Maunder.
“David Harris is a sympathetic Baker, always understated and all the better for it. By the end he’s created a fully developed character of some depth” – Limelight Magazine (full review)
“David Harris sings the Baker sweetly, playing the up the gentle, well-meaning side of the character most effectively” – TheatrePeople (full review)
“standout was David Harris as the baker” – The Age (full review)
“As the baker and his wife, David Harris and Christina O’Neill are in great form and conjure plenty of chemistry. Harris is particularly strong in the second act…” – Crikey (full review)
“Some of the cast are incredible — Christina O’Neill, closely followed by David Harris’s honest, earnest take on the usually neurotic Baker. The pair have incredible chemistry, and their act one duet, It Takes Two, is electric” – Herald Sun (full review)
“Nobody in this large ensemble delivers a less than stellar performance, from Van De Zandt’s arresting Witch to Harris’s deeply melancholy Baker.” – Time Out (full review)
“David Harris as The Baker delivered his song about fathers “No more riddles, no more quests” with tears in his eyes; it was the same for many in the audience.” – Classic Melbourne (full review)
“David Harris’ baker develops vocally with a remarkable warm-toned instrument” – Bachtrack (full review)
“strong performences… singing Sondheim’s words and music adeptly and clearly’ – Australian Stage (full review)
“The baker’s wife and baker, Christina O’Neill and David Harris, were portrayed with an equal measure of urgency and desperation” – The Australian (full review)
“The most moving moment for me was the ‘reconciliation’ scene in Act Two between the Baker, David Harris, and the Mysterious Man” – ArtsHub (full review)
“David Harris and Christina O’Neill played the Baker and his wife. Both were excellent” – Stage Whispers (full review)