This version of the Cinderella story is a big hit on a small scale.
Feb 2, 3: Into the Woods Mind the wolf, heed the witch, and honor the giant in the sky at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true. You'll venture back Into the Woods during the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production of the Tony Award-winning musical classic by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Unanimously acclaimed, it became a surprise hit, extended twice at the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theater. This witty and wildly theatrical re-invention has been mounted with boundless imagination — Into the Woods like you’ve never seen it before! Including dazzling songs such as “Children Will Listen” and “No One Is Alone,” this thrillingly clever new version made Ben Brantley of the New York Times fall “head over heels.” 8 p.m. $33.75 to $85. • Concert Hall at The Performing Arts Center of Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase. 914.251.6200; www.artscenter.org
Feb 3 – 5: Once Upon A Mattress. What do you get when you mix one pea, 20 mattresses and a Princess-to-be named “Fred?” One hilarious musical love story. Based on the popular fairytale, “The Princess and the Pea.” Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Louis Barer; Music by Mary Rodgers; Lyrics by Marshall Louis Barer; Directed by Teri Conte. • Fri-Sat 8 p.m, Sun 2 p.m. $20/person, $17 members, $10 students. The Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, 518.392.6264; www.ghentplayhouse.org
Feb 11: Met Live: L’amour De Loin One of the most highly praised operas of recent years, which had its premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2000, Kaija Saariaho’s yearning medieval romance L’Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”), has its Met premiere this season. The production is by Robert Lepage, co-produced with L’Opéra de Québec, where it premiered to acclaim last summer, in collaboration with Ex Machina. Debuting Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the performance, which stars Susanna Phillips as Clémence, Eric Owens as Jaufré, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them. Ticket holders are invited to a pre-opera talk by Leslie Gerber 30 minutes prior to curtain time in the theater. Made possible through the support of Premier Medical Group, the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust, the Dr. Edwin Ulrich Charitable Trust, the Benjamin R. Strong Opera Fund and the Stephen & Julia Dunwell Fund, both of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Promotional support courtesy of WMHT – FM 88.7 Poughkeepsie. 1 p.m. $28 Adults, $26 Member, $20 Children age 12 and under. • Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072; www.bardavon.org
Feb 25: Met Live: Rusalka Kristine Opolais stars in a new production of the opera that first won her international acclaim, Dvorák’s fairy-tale opera about the tragic water nymph Rusalka. Sir Mark Elder conducts Mary Zimmerman’s new staging, which also stars Brandon Jovanovich as the human prince who captures Rusalka’s heart; Katarina Dalayman as Rusalka’s rival, the Foreign Princess; Eric Owens as the Water Sprite, Rusalka’s father; and Jamie Barton as the duplicitous witch Ježibaba. Ticket holders are invited to a pre-opera talk by Leslie Gerber 30 minutes prior to curtain time in the theater. Made possible through the support of Premier Medical Group, the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust, the Dr. Edwin Ulrich Charitable Trust, the Benjamin R. Strong Opera Fund and the Stephen & Julia Dunwell Fund, both of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. 1 p.m. $28 Adults, $26 Members, $20 Children age 12 and under. • Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072; www.bardavon.org
February 4: Cinderella by Tanglewood Marionettes Set in the 18th century and featuring a dozen lavishly costumed 30” marionettes, this production of Cinderella is a Tanglewood Marionettes showpiece. The story unfolds as the pages of a giant book open to reveal each beautifully painted setting. All your favorite characters are here, from gentle Cinderella to the bumptious stepsisters and the charming Prince. 11 a.m. $7 for children, $9 for adults. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org