‘Into The Woods’ star Sara Bareilles: ‘Humanity is dark’

Sara Bareilles sees many layers in Stephen Sondheim’s classic “Into The Woods.”

“The material is so dark and so light at the same time, so it’s a very complicated show,” the Grammy winner and two-time Tony nominee told the NY Post exclusively after her performance in NYC’s Encores. Center! production of “In the Woods”.

In it, the “Brave” singer and “Waitress” star/songwriter, 42, plays The Baker’s Wife opposite Neil Patrick Harris, 48, who plays her husband.

The beloved show – revived several times since its incarnation as Bernadette Peters in 1987 and adapted into a 2014 film starring Meryl Streep – deals with a hodgepodge of fairy tales, including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk , Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood. This is a subject that has fascinated Bareilles for a long time.

“Many years ago I wrote a song about how I think fairy tales are called ‘Fairytale,'” she said. next day – “and they lived happily ever after” – because we watch them go as the sun goes down and now what? This is when the real shit breaks down.

Bareilles has great stage chemistry with Neil Patrick Harris.
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The star of Peacock’s hilarious ‘Girls 5 Eva’, which has been renewed for a second season, thinks fairy tales reflect the humanity underground.

“They are very dark. I think humanity is dark,” she explained. “We are monsters and angels and everything. I love that the show isn’t really a happy ending forever. There’s a lot of pain and grief and loss and it’s truer to form about what life is really about.

Bareilles laughed when the Post commented on the amazing on-stage chemistry between her and Harris, playfully suggesting the actor might “switch teams” for her.

Neil Patrick Harris and Sara Bareilles at the Encores Production Curtain Call Opening Gala "In the woods" at the New York City Center on May 4, 2022 in New York City.
Harris and Bareilles at the opening night of the New York City Center. The show, which has a limited run of two weeks until May 15, also features Tony winners Heather Headley and Gavin Creel.
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“I don’t think it’s about to happen,” she said, “but you’re thrown into the deep end and you have to hang on. This whole process was really difficult and overwhelming so you have to learn to trust yourself pretty quickly and luckily we did.

He is so playful and thorough and thinks every moment and asks lots of questions which is very helpful. I’m a bit new to all of this.

The show, which has a limited run of two weeks until May 15, also features Tony winners Heather Headley and Gavin Creel.

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