Stephen Sondheim's fairy tale musical, "Into The Woods," will be performed today through Sept. 9 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista's Brengle Terrace Park.
The run marks the first in the San Diego area since the play's preview at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986.
"Into the Woods," based on the book by James Lapine, weaves the stories of 15 characters into a single, multi-sided tale that tells what happens after the characters' "happily ever after" endings.
Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Rapunzel and the Baker and his Wife are brought to life in the musical setting. Their wishes fulfilled, they find that getting what they wanted is not all it's cracked up to be, and they find they were sometimes impelled to lie and steal, blame others and make dubious moral decisions. They even consider sacrificing Jack to a vengeful giant to make things right again.