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37º | Sunny | 6% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:12 a.m. | Sunset 4:28 p.m.

 
Broadway’s “Into the Woods” opens tonight for a two-week run
Actress wearing purple dress singing onstage
Tony Award nominee Montego Glover plays The Witch in Emerson Colonial Theatre’s “Into the Woods,” running March 21-April 2.|Photo by Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade
Here’s a reason to be happy ever after on a Tuesday. The critically acclaimed and much-beloved Broadway production of “Into the Woods” is coming to Boston — with a cast full of Broadway stars. The show opens tonight at Emerson Colonial Theatre and runs for just two weeks, tonight through Sunday, April 2.

If you’re already a fan of the musical, we know you’re excited (and possibly singing “Giants in the Sky” as we speak). If you’ve never seen it, you’re in for a treat. This modern classic intertwines the plots of several popular fairy tales (think: Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood), and explores what happens after happily ever after.

Emerson Colonial Theatre’s production of “Into the Woods” features Broadway actors Montego Glover as The Witch (who was nominated for a Tony Award for her lead role in “Memphis”), Stephanie J. Block as The Baker’s Wife (who won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Sebastian Arcelus as The Baker (who you might recognize from “House of Cards” or “Madam Secretary”), and Gavin Creel as Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf (who won a Tony in 2017).

All four actors are reprising their Broadway roles in a production called “radiant” (Variety), “enchanting” (The Wall Street Journal), and “a priceless revival with a perfect cast” (The Washington Post). Directed by Lear deBessonet, this theatrical event honors Sondheim’s Broadway masterpiece and his legendary memory.

Tickets ($39+) are selling fast, and missing out would be no fairy tale. Snag yours.*
 
Quiz
 
In the show, which of the following is not an ingredient that the Baker and his wife need to bring to The Witch to have their curse reversed?

  1. A cow as white as milk
  2. A cape as red as blood
  3. Hair as yellow as corn
  4. A slipper as clear as glass
 
Events
 

Tuesday, March 21
  • High Key: An All Live-Singing Drag Competition | Tuesday, Mar. 21 | 8-10 p.m. | Jacques’ Cabaret, 79 Broadway St., Boston | $12-$50 | Doors open at 7:30 to see eight drag performers battle it out in this live singing competition.
Wednesday, March 22
  • Kristin Hannah with Lisa Gardner | Wednesday, Mar. 22 | 6 p.m. | Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline | $19-$29 | Celebrate the paperback release of “The Four Winds” with author Kristin Hannah.
  • Herbalism Workshop | Wednesday, Mar. 22 | 6:30 p.m. | Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville | $50 | An herbalist from Gate and Garden Herbal Apothecary will teach guests how to craft a fire cider.
  • Learn How to Make a New York Times Crossword | Wednesday, Mar. 22 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Lamplighter CX, 110 N. First St., Cambridge | $10 | Join Ross Trudeau for a lesson on crafting a crossword puzzle.
Thursday, March 23
  • Bed Time Stories: A Storytelling-Style Comedy Show | Thursday, Mar. 23 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St., Boston | $10 | The King’s Court is bringing a comedy show + wild bedtime stories to the Back Bay bookstore.
  • Connecting Communities Through Conservation | Thursday, Mar. 23 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston | $0-$20 | Learn about efforts to create a community-based framework for conservation at this museum discussion.

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News Notes
 

Weather
  • 58º | Mostly sunny | 0% chance of rain
Transit
  • Has your T commute been faster this week? The speed restriction that covered the entirety of the Green Line has been lifted as of Sunday night — however, block speed restrictions are still in place for ~18% of the track. (CBS Boston)
Coming Soon
  • CultureHouse, a Somerville-based urban design nonprofit, will open a community pop-up this spring. The month-long East Somerville project is expected to begin in May — fill out the survey to share your suggestions for the space.
Number
  • $1.75 million. That’s the amount of federal funding allotted for Ausonia Homes. The public housing building in the North End was built in 1900, and will now receive major updates like modern heating systems + better insulation. (NBC 10)
Health
  • Massachusetts has reported the second-largest number of babesiosis cases to the CDC — upwards of 4,000 cases. The tick-borne disease is now endemic in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, as well as here in the Bay State. (Boston Globe)
Stat
  • 58%. That’s the decrease expected for National Grid electric bills this summer, following the steep price increase this past winter. The new monthly rates will go into effect on Monday, May 1. (Boston Globe)
Sports
Biz
  • Paris Baguette plans to open additional bakeries in the Boston area. The first new location is set to open by the North Quincy MBTA station in June, joining the sole New England location in Cambridge’s Central Square. (Boston Business Journal)
Wellness
  • What’s in: red light therapy. What’s out: forms of treatment that are painful and invasive. Red light therapy is non-invasive and painless, and evidence suggests it may be able to ease body aches, heal sun damage, and build collagen. Brb — we’re adding this easy-to-prop light and this facial massager to our Amazon cart.
 
HISTORY
 
We’re spilling the tea 🫖
Boston Tea Party Museum on the Boston Harbor
Visit the floating history museum on Congress Street.|Photo by @jphotowlrd
This December, Boston will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the historic protest at Griffin’s Wharf. You know, the one where revolutionary forces dumped 340 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor.

Now, there’s a push to uncover more connections to the Boston Tea Party with the launch of the Boston Tea Party Descendants Program.

Think you’ve got a link to one of America’s first patriots? Apply now to join the genealogical online portal of fellow descendants.

The initial application fee costs $400 to cover processing and vetting. Once approved by the American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society, members can join one of three tiers:
  • Lineage member — Descendants from Tea Party participants and groups like the Loyal Nine + Sons of Liberty.
  • Eyewitness to history — Descendants from inhabitants of Boston from 1773, or any eyewitnesses to the Boston Tea Party.
  • Co-conspirator — Open to researchers, educators, or members of the public.
Stay tuned for more details on this year’s par-tea.
 
The Wrap
 
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From the Editor
As an avid Apple Maps user (sorry, Google Maps), I’m glad to see that Boston has received the coveted 3D treatment.

Local landmarks like Fenway Park, the Bunker Hill Monument, and the Gardner Museum are now displayed in full 3D glory. This “city experience” feature is pretty cool, so I can forgive the missing pinecone on top of the State House.
Quiz Answer:    D. "A slipper as clear as glass" is not one of the ingredients the Baker and his wife need to bring to The Witch in "Into the Woods." In the musical, it's "a slipper as pure as gold."
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