The Broadway Program
This entire musical is made possible from the community center and the licensing company Music Theater International. Their amazing program works in close cooperation with senior-living facilities to create and produce 60-minute shows. The senior edition of “Into the Woods” isn’t the first time such a show has been produced, since Freddie Gershon, the company’s co-chairman, first created similar musicals more than two decades ago for elementary and middle schools.
A Heart-Warming Experience
“It’s gratifying to see how people of any age when they are engaged in a social activity, bring a show together,” says a production official, and we are envious he got to see the making of this spectacular musical from the first row. The performers joined the show each for their particular reason. Some wanted to try something new, reconnect with their theater background, or just join in the joy of overcoming difficulties and creating something special.
An Especially Moving Musical
The elderly cast of “Into the Woods” has put together a show that genuinely excites the viewer. It reflects on loss, and the invaluable lessons parents leave their beloved children. It is a timeless piece, reminiscent of another time, and possibly another us. The cast of Lenox Hill shows a range of abilities, and they all play from the heart. Some perform by memory, others read their lines and lyrics from their scripts, and some even manage to dance in wheelchairs. It is all about contribution, giving their absolute best, and having a ton of fun in the process. After all, what more do you need to have a fantastic show in the end?