Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone Introduce Into the Woods Veteran “Twan Baker”
By Matthew Blank 10 Apr 2012
Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone, currently starring in the Westport Country Playhouse-Baltimore CENTERSTAGE production of Into the Woods, introduce an unsung hero and veteran of the show: Twan Baker, the doll who is playing the Baker’s baby in his third production of the musical.
Most of the time, when theatregoers think of the stars of Into the Woods they think of characters like The Witch, The Baker’s Wife, Jack, Little Red, but they may have been passing over the true star of Sondheim and Lapine’s classic masterpiece. Don’t fret, Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Graff Lanzarone are here to set the record straight.
Meet Twan Baker, stalwart of the regional theatre stage, fighting to make his big break on Broadway! Twan first hit the scene in the Pittsburgh CLO production of Woods starring Hunter Foster, Brynn O’Malley and Jen Cody. He then went on to warm the hearts of many in the Moisés Kaufman adaptation of Into the Woods at Kansas City Rep. We are here in Baltimore now, showing how rising star Twan Baker prepares and performs. Here is a glimpse of a grueling two-show-day at CENTERSTAGE! (In the image, Nikka and Twan stretch together and talk about what they ate for dinner. She had Thai food, he had a burger. Photo by Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone.)
A co-production between CENTERSTAGE and the Westport Country Playhouse, Into the Woods will run through April 15 in Baltimore. Westport artistic director Mark Lamos helms the production that will arrive in Connecticut May 1-26. Into the Woods features a Tony-winning score by Sondheim and Tony-winning book by Lapine. (via PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone Introduce Into the Woods Veteran “Twan Baker” - Playbill.com)