Sing along: Theater club presents audience-driven musical at W’Burg bar

Full of beans: Brooklyn Theatre Club will perform two shows of "Into the Woods" at Knitting Factory to close out its 2019 season.
Photo by Maria Uminski

It’s a fairy good time!

An alcohol-infused performance group will bring a classic musical fairy tale to a Williamsburg watering hole this week. Brooklyn Theatre Club will debut two performances of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” on Dec. 5 and Dec. 8 — and invite the tipsy theater-goers to sing along with the fun, said the group’s producer. 

“Brooklyn Theatre Club is centered around participation,” said Mara Frankel. “Everyone gets to be a part of the show. Everyone gets to be a star.” 

The troupe’s 13 member cast will take their singing talents to Williamsburg’s Knitting Factory bar, but will also offer a dozen roles to audience members — including the non-singing role of a cow named Milky White, and Red Riding Hood’s granny, said Frankel. 

“What’s great is we don’t know who the cow will be yet,” said Frankel.  “And we won’t know until the show.” 

No one has to participate in the show — but if they do oblige, they are provided a script, costume, and a buddy to show you the ropes, said Frankel.

“We basically just go up to people and ask ‘Hey, do you want to be in the show?’ ” Frankel said. “If you don’t, then we will leave you alone.”

The theatre club puts on a present-day adaptation of the classic shows, without changing the script — but they do adjust some of the underlying tones. 

“We like to look at every show through 2019 eyes and put a modern take on the show without changing the material,” said Frankel. 

But Frankel said the group mainly strives to put on shows they love that also appeal to the audience while showing them a great time. 

“We are people who are doing really great theatre,” Frankel said. “And people who also really love to party.”

“Into the Woods” at Knitting Factory [361 Metropolitan Ave. at Havermeyer St. in Williamsburg, (347) 529-6696, www.brooklyntheatreclub.com]. Dec. 5 at 8 pm and Dec. 8 at 3 pm. $16.

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