The Baker admits they must work together "It Takes Two". Jack arrives with a hen that lays golden eggs, but Milky White keels over dead as midnight chimes "Second Midnight". The Witch discovers the Prince's visits and demands Rapunzel stay sheltered from the world "Stay with Me".
She refuses, and the Witch cuts off Rapunzel's hair and banishes her. The Mysterious Man gives the Baker money for another cow. Jack meets Little Red, now sporting a wolf skin cape and knife. She goads him into returning to the Giant's home. Cinderella, torn between staying with her Prince or escaping, leaves him a slipper as a clue "On the Steps of the Palace" , and trades shoes with the Baker's Wife. The Baker arrives with another cow; they now have all four items. A great crash is heard, and Jack's mother reports a dead Giant in her backyard.
Jack returns with a magic harp. The Witch discovers the new cow is useless, and resurrects Milky White, who is fed the ingredients but fails to give milk. The Witch explains Rapunzel's hair will not work, and the Mysterious Man offers corn silk instead; Milky White produces the potion. The Witch reveals the Mysterious Man is the Baker's father, and she drinks — he falls dead, the curse is broken, and the Witch regains her youth and beauty. Cinderella's Prince seeks the girl who fits the slipper; the desperate stepsisters mutilate their feet "Careful My Toe".
Cinderella succeeds and becomes his bride. Rapunzel bears twins and is found by her Prince. The Witch finds her powers are gone. At Cinderella's wedding, her stepsisters are blinded by birds, and the Baker's Wife, very pregnant, thanks Cinderella for her help. Congratulating themselves on living happily "Ever After," no one notices another beanstalk growing The Narrator continues, "Once Upon a Time With a tremendous crash, a Giant's foot destroys the Witch's garden. The Baker travels to the palace, but his warning is ignored by the Prince's Steward, and by Jack's Mother. Returning home, he finds Little Red on her way to Granny's; he and his Wife escort her.
Jack decides to slay the Giant and Cinderella investigates her mother's disturbed grave. Everyone returns to the woods, but now "the skies are strange, the winds are strong" "Into the Woods" Reprise. Rapunzel, driven mad, also flees to the woods. Her Prince follows and meets his brother; they confess their lust for two new women, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. The Witch brings news that the Giant destroyed the village and the Baker's house.
The Giantess — widow of the Giant Jack killed — appears, seeking revenge. As a sacrifice, the group offer up the Narrator, who is killed. Jack's mother defends her son, angering the Giantess, and the Steward silences Jack's mother, inadvertently killing her. The Royal Family flee despite the Baker's pleas to stay and fight. The Witch vows to find Jack and give him to the Giant, and the Baker and his Wife split up to find him first. The Baker convinces Cinderella to join their group. The Baker's Wife reflects on her adventure "Moments in the Woods" , but stumbles into the path of the Giant and is killed.
The characters blame each other before turning on the Witch "Your Fault".
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Chastising their inability to accept the consequences of their own actions, the Witch is struck by another curse and vanishes "Last Midnight". Grief-stricken, the Baker flees, but is convinced by his father's spirit to face his responsibilities "No More".
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He returns and lays out a plan to kill the Giantess. Cinderella stays behind with the Baker's child and confronts her Prince over his infidelity; he explains his feelings of unfulfillment, and she asks him to leave. Little Red discovers her grandmother has been killed by the Giantess, as the Baker tells Jack that his mother is dead. The four together slay the Giant, and the other characters — including the Royal Family, who have starved to death, and the Princes with their new paramours — return to share one last set of morals.
The survivors band together, and the spirit of the Baker's Wife comforts her mourning husband, encouraging him to tell their child their story. The Baker begins to tell his son the tale, while the Witch offers a final lesson: "Careful the things you say, Children Will Listen" "Finale". The show evolved, and the most notable change was the addition of the song "No One Is Alone" in the middle of the run.
Peters left the show after almost five months due to a prior commitment to film the movie Slaves of New York. The show was filmed professionally with seven cameras on the set of the Martin Beck Theater in front of an audience with certain elements changed from its standard production only slightly for the recording in order to better fit the screen rather than the stage such as the lighting, minor costume differences, and others.
There were also pick up shots not filmed in front of an audience for various purposes. This video has since been released on Tape and DVD and on occasion, remastered and re-released. Tenth Anniversary benefit performances were held on November 9, at The Broadway Theatre New York , with most of the original cast. This concert featured the duet "Our Little World," written for the first London production of the show. On November 9, , most of the original cast reunited for two reunion concerts and discussion in Costa Mesa, California.
Mo Rocca hosted the reunion and interviewed Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine as well as each cast member. The set was almost completely reconstructed, and there were certain changes to the script, changing certain story elements. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from June to July 16, , with the reviewer for The Washington Post writing: "his lovely score -- poised between melody and dissonance -- is the perfect measure of our tenuous condition. The songs invariably follow the characters' thinking patterns, as they weigh their options and digest their experience.
Needless to say, that doesn't make for traditional show-stoppers.
But it does make for vivacity of another kind. And Sondheim's lyrics I think you'll find these cast members alert and engaging. The original West End production opened on September 25, at the Phoenix Theatre and closed on February 23, after performances. The song "Our Little World" was added. The overall feel of the show was a lot darker than that of the original Broadway production.
Critic Michael Billington wrote, "But the evening's triumph belongs also to director Richard Jones, set designer Richard Hudson and costume designer Sue Blane who evoke exactly the right mood of haunted theatricality. Old-fashioned footlights give the faces a sinister glow. The woods themselves are a semi-circular, black-and-silver screen punctuated with nine doors and a crazy clock: they achieve exactly the 'agreeable terror' of Gustave Dore's children's illustrations.
And the effects are terrific: doors open to reveal the rotating magnified eyeball or the admonitory finger of the predatory giant. A new intimate production of the show opened billed as the first London revival at the Donmar Warehouse on 16 November , closing on 13 February This revival was directed by John Crowley and designed by his brother, Bob Crowley. Thompson won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance, while the production itself was nominated for Outstanding Musical Production.
This production was directed and choreographed with the same principal cast that later ran on Broadway. The Broadway revival, directed by James Lapine and choreographed by John Carrafa , began previews on April 13, and opened April 30, at the Broadhurst Theatre , closing on December 29 after a run of 18 previews and regular performances. It starred Vanessa L. Judi Dench provided the pre-recorded voice of the Giant. Lapine revised the script slightly for this production, with a cameo appearance of the Three Little Pigs restored from the earlier San Diego production.
This production featured scenic design by Douglas W.
The production itself, directed by Will Tuckett , was met with mixed reviews; although there were clear stand out performances. The production completely sold out three weeks before opening. As this was an 'opera' production, the show and its performers were overlooked for the 'musical' nominations in the Olivier Awards. Gareth Valentine was the Musical Director. Whilst the book remained mostly unchanged, the subtext of the plot was dramatically altered by casting the role of the Narrator as a young school boy lost in the woods following a family argument — a device used to further illustrate the musical's themes of parenting and adolescence.
The production opened to wide critical acclaim, much of the press commenting on the effectiveness of the open air setting. The Telegraph reviewer, for example, wrote: "It is an inspired idea to stage this show in the magical, sylvan surroundings of Regent's Park, and designer Soutra Gilmour has come up with a marvellously rickety, adventure playground of a set, all ladders, stairs and elevated walkways, with Rapunzel discovered high up in a tree. Performances were originally to run from July 24 delayed from July 23 due to the weather to August 25, , but the show was extended till September 1, John Lee Beatty, [and] rises over 50 feet in the air, with a series of tree-covered catwalks and pathways.
In February and in May , reports of a possible Broadway transfer surfaced with the production's principal actors in negotiations to reprise their roles. For its annual fully staged musical event, the Hollywood Bowl produced a limited run of Into the Woods from July , , directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom. Tituss Burgess starred as The Witch, the first male actor to do so. Louis, Missouri running from July 21 through 28 The musical has been adapted into a child-friendly version for use by schools and young companies, with the second act completely removed, as well as almost half the material from the first.
The show is shortened from the original 2 and a half hours to fit in a minute range, and the music transposed into keys that more easily fit young voices. In most productions of Into the Woods , including the original Broadway production, several parts are doubled. Cinderella's Prince and the Wolf, who share the characteristic of being unable to control their appetites, are usually played by the same actor.
Similarly, the Narrator and the Mysterious Man, who share the characteristic of commenting on the story while avoiding any personal involvement or responsibility. Granny and Cinderella's Mother, who are both matriarchal characters in the story, are also typically played by the same person, who also gives voice to the nurturing but later murderous Giant's Wife. The show covers multiple themes: growing up, parents and children, accepting responsibility, morality, and finally, wish fulfillment and its consequences.
Almost everything that goes wrong—which is to say, almost everything that can—arises from a failure of parental or filial duty, despite the best intentions.
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The witch isn't just a scowling old hag, but a key symbol of moral ambivalence. James Lapine said that the most unpleasant person the Witch would have the truest things to say and the "nicer" people would be less honest. The score is also notable in Sondheim's output, because of its intricate reworking and development of small musical motifs. In particular, the opening words, "I wish", are set to the interval of a rising major second and this small unit is both repeated and developed throughout the show, just as Lapine's book explores the consequences of self-interest and "wishing.
In many instances, the characters' lines are delivered with a fixed beat that follows natural speech rhythms, but is also purposely composed in eighth, sixteenth, and quarter note rhythms as part of a spoken song. Sondheim drew on parts of his troubled childhood when writing the show. In , he told Time Magazine that the "father uncomfortable with babies [was] his father, and [the] mother who regrets having had children [was] his mother.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the musical play. For other uses, see Into the Woods disambiguation. Main article: Into the Woods film. October 14, The Stephen Sondheim Reference Guide. Retrieved January 11, Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 9, Until then, the Witch is being played by Betsy Joslyn.
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