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Into the Woods Musical
Go Into the Woods with This Sondheim Musical
Into the Woods is a Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim and written and directed by James Lapine.
Sondheim's elaborate musical score is the background for the story that intertwines the original Grimm fairy tales of Cinderella, Jack and the Magic Beanstalk, Little Red Ridinghood and Rapunzel as we follow these characters in search of their wishes.
What they discover in the woods is an important life lesson—the consequences of those wishes—and perhaps that they might have been better off not wishing them in the first place.
Take a trip with me into the woods and discover this unique musical.
Image from Into the Woods Cover, music available to download on Amazon.
Once Upon a Time ...
Twisted Branch by Steren
Discovering Into the Woods
We discovered Into the Woods, when it was presented as one of the play options for my daughters childrens' theater group to perform for the summer.
I knew the story involved darker fairy tales, so looked at the plot summary on Wikipedia before letting my daughters watch the DVD of the American Playhouse production. One thing that was clear is that the stories were based on the original Brothers Grimm tales with more more blood, mayhem, deception, killings and scary creatures.
After becoming familiar with the musical my daughters discovered reading the that some of the text from the Into the Woods play has been taken directly from the original Brothers Grimm Tales. Once Upon a Time Book
Some of the things she discovered were Cinderella's stepsisters getting their toe and heel cut off to fit into the shoe, Rapunzel's Prince gets blinded falling from her tower and Little Red Ridinghood and Granny getting swallowed by the wolf and then cut out by the huntsman.
I got them the Once Upon a Time book because we are also fans of the ABC show Once Upon a Time show, a television show based on the Brothers Grimm tales.
Into the Woods Jr. Book
Into the Woods - Darker Tales
The Broadway musical uses several of the Brothers Grimm's real fairy tales, the tales that are much more graphic, violent and often gruesome than the Disney version's we've grown up with and intersperses these stories with a new story about a Baker and his Wife and what they go through to start a family.
The Amazon review for the American Playhouse DVD version describes Into the Woods as:
- Fractured fairy tales of a darker hue provide the remarkable context for Into the Woods, which deconstructs the Brothers Grimm by way of Rod Serling.
In these fractured fairy tales, Sondheim and Lupine weave many cleaver story twists, metaphors and meanings into this grown-up fairy tale that will leave you thinking about the importance of the journey, living in the moment and what goes into living happily ever after.
NOTE: Parents may want to familiarize themselves with the story plot, twists, death, deception, adultry and mayhem before deciding to let their children watch the play.
Watch Into the Woods
Watch Into the Woods from the 1991 American Playhouse televised broadcast with the original Broadway cast featuring Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason.
Joanna Gleason won the 1988 Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Stephen Sondheim won the Best Original Score and James Lapine the Best Book of a Musical.
A New Into the Woods
Disney Goes Into the Woods
Disney is aiming for a Christmas Day premiere of its version of the Tony Award Winning Musical. Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep were the first two actors confirmed for this new version of Sondheim's play.
Depp is set to play the Wolf with an unknown Little Red Riding Hood and Streep, the Witch who is involved in stirring up a lot of mischief for the Baker (James Corden) and his Wife (Emily Blunt) and also plays a major role with Rapunzel (unknown). Tracey Ullman is in talks to play Jack and the Beanstalks Mother (she should be great!) and Daniel Huttlestone as Jack.
Other actors linked to this new version include Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine as the two handsome princes for Rapunzel and Cinderella (Anna Kendrick). Christine Baranski plays Cinderella's step mother.
It is going to be very interesting to follow the making of this film and then see Disney's take on the real Grimm Brother fairy tales, rather than the cleaner versions we've seen for years.
Vote on the New Into the Woods
Are you excited about Disney's Into the Woods?
Cast for Into the Woods
These are the people, so far, who have been linked to the Disney version of Into the Woods:
- The Baker - James Corden
- The Baker's Wife - Emily Blunt
- Jack in the Beanstalk - Daniel Huttlestone
- Jack's Mother - Tracey Ullman
- Cinderella - Anna Kendrick
- Cindrella's Step Mother - Christine Baranski
- The Princes - Chris Pine (Cinderella's) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Rapunzel's)
- The Wolf - Johnny Depp
- The Witch - Meryl Streep
Into the Woods We Go...
Dark Wooded Forest by Brenda Starr. Used under a Creative Commons License.
More on the Disney Version of Into the Woods
Articles about the latest revival of Into the Woods for Disney, as we discover the different cast members.
- Johnny Depp in Into The Woods: A Dream Come True, But He Worries About His Singing | E! Online
Johnny Depp can't wait to play The Wolf in the movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Tony award winning musical Into the Woods.
- Anna Kendrick & 'Into The Woods': Actress In Talks For Cinderella Role
Let's hope the glass slipper fits -- Anna Kendrick may be taking on the role of Cinderella. The 27-year-old actress is reportedly in talks to join the upcoming adaptation of "Into the Woods," led by director Rob Marshall ("Chicago").
- "Into the Woods" Film Eyes "Les Miserables" Star to Play Jack - Playbill.com
Young actor Daniel Huttlestone, who starred as Gavroche in Tom Hooper's film of "Les Misérables," is in talks to join the cast of the "Into the Woods" film, Deadline.com reports.
- Tracey Ullman in Talks to Join Disney's 'Into the Woods' (Exclusive)
Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Chris Pine are among those playing classic fairy tale characters in the adaptation of the Broadway musical.
- Disney's Starry Into the Woods Film Sets Christmas 2014 Release - Playbill.com
The film adaptation of Into the Woods, the dark, Tony Award-winning fairytale musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, will be released in theatres Dec. 25, 2014, Walt Disney Pictures announced June 13.
- Disney Release Dates: ‘Into the Woods’
Disney has announced release schedule updates, which includes a date for the 'Into the Woods' musical movie and a new title for 'The Muppets' sequel.
Into the Woods Synopsis
Into the Woods musical intertwines the original Grimm fairy tales of Cinderella, Jack and the Magic Beanstalk, Little Red Ridinghood and Rapunzel with the story of a Baker and his wife who want a child.
Through the 3 hour + musical we follow Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood, Jack, Rapunzel and several Princes along with the Baker and his Wife on the paths that they take searching for their Happily Ever After. What they all discover, venturing into the woods, is that life may not always go the way we wished for or turn out to be quite so happy.
The first act is more lighthearted and focuses on the wishes made by Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood and the Baker and his Wife as they all venture into the woods in search of their wishes.
Much of the first act is spent watching the Baker and his Wife go in search of "the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold" to make a magic potion that will help them have a child. The first act ends after everyone's wishes have come true. This is the act that is adapted into the Into the Woods Jr. version for Childrens' Theaters.
The second act soon becomes darker and much more somber. Some recommendations are that the second act may be too heavy for younger children (under six). In this act we take a look at what happens to our original characters now that they are living their "happily ever after." Cinderella, Jack and the Baker and his Wife are still wishing and enter into the woods again in search of what they are missing. The second act includes more mayhem, treachery, adultery and several deaths, but it also features many of the show stopping musical songs including "No More," "No One Is Alone," and "Children Will Listen."
My daughters were more disturbed by the Princes wishing for new Princesses (after they'd already gotten their first ones) than the deaths and mayhem, but the Princes' wandering eyes became a good teachable lesson about the boys and men they may date in the future.
Into the Woods Poster Print available on Amazon.
Vote on Into the Woods
Have you seen, performed (or will perform) in Into the Woods?
Into the Woods - Video Clip
This clip from the 1988 Tony Awards features Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien, Phylicia Rashad with the rest of the original cast of the Broadway production.
Into the Woods Videos
Into the Woods on YouTube
Clips from Into the Woods, the 1991 American Playhouse televised broadcast.
Venture into the Dark Woods
The Dark Woods by Ashley
Into the Woods Quotes
Quotes from Into the Woods
You can get an idea of the tone of Into the Woods based on some of the quotes that I pulled out as illustrations
The Woods are just Trees.
The Trees are just Wood.
Into the Woods Ensemble
Never can tell what lies ahead,
for all that I know she's already dead.
But into the woods!
Red Riding Hood
There's no possible way
To describe how you feel
When you're talking to your meal!
Worrying will do you no good. If he's safe, then he's safe.
And if he's been crushed...
well, there's nothing we can do about that, is there?
Wanting a ball is not wanting a prince.
No knot unties itself.
The Mysterious Man
And it came to pass all that seemed wrong was now right,
and those who deserved to
were certain to live a long and happy life.
Into the Woods Music
Music from Into the Woods
The song most recognized from Into the Woods is probably "Children Will Listen" which was made popular by Bernadette Peters. The song has also been recorded by Betty Buckley, Barbara Streisand and Mandy Patinkin.
Other recognizable songs from the play are "Last Midnight," "No One Is Alone," and "No More."
There are several different versions of the music from Into the Wood available for listening. The original Broadway Cast that features Bernadette Peters and Joanna Gleason was the one that we listened to first after watching the DVD.
There is also the London Cast version from 1991 and the Broadway revival of 2002 that featured Vanessa Williams as the witch.
Once we heard that my daughters' theater group would be doing Into the Woods as a summer production we started listening to the music. Initially listening to the rather complicated arrangements of different voices singing over each other at the same time was a bit challenging, but it wasn't too long before my daughters' both had the music down and were singing right along. The music gets stuck in your head.
Into the Woods London Cast Soundtrack available on Amazon.
Into the Woods Musical Numbers
The musical numbers from Into the Woods on the original Broadway Cast Recording include:
- Into the Woods (Prologue)
- Cinderella at the Grave
- Hello, Little Girl
- I Guess This Is Goodbye / Maybe They're Magic
- I Know Things Now
- A Very Nice Prince / First Midnight / Giants in the Sky
- It Takes Two
- Stay With Me
- On the Steps of the Palace
- Ever After
- Act II Prologue: So Happy
- Agony (Reprise)
- Any Moment / Moments in the Woods
- Your Fault / Last Midnight
- No More
- No One Is Alone
Into the Woods - London Cast
A clip from Into the Woods performed by the Original London Cast for the Wogan's TV show.
Into the Woods Music from the London Production
Download the music from the Original London production of Into the Woods.
Into the Woods Revival - Video Clips
A video clip from the 56th Annual Tony Awards in 2002 featuring the Broadway cast singing a melody of Into the Woods musical numbers.
Into the Woods Music Broadway Revival Cast
The music from the 2002 Broadway revival of Into the Woods that featured Vanessa L. Williams as the witch.
This production won the 2002 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.
Into the Woods on the Web
- Into the Woods | Wikipedia
Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway in 1987 with Bernadette Peters' as the Witch and Joanna Gleason's as t
- Into the Woods (TV episode 1991) - IMDb
The "American Playhouse" version of the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim.
- Into the Woods | Sondheim.com
Into the Woods blends various familiar fairy tales with an original story of a childless Baker and his Wife, who catalyze the action of the story by attempting to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child.
- Into the Woods | Sondheim Guide
Information about Sondheim's Into the Woods from the Sondheim Guide.
Into the Woods - NYU Steinhardt
Assorted clips from the NYU Steinhardt "Into the Woods" production in 2006
Into the Woods Soundtracks
Different versions of the Into the Woods Soundtracks.
The DVD of the original 1987 Broadway cast.
The Original 1991 London Cast.
The 2002 Broadway Revival Cast.
MP3 downloads of the 1987 Original Broadway Cast
Haunted Trees in the Dark Woods
Trees in the Dark Woods by Brenda Starr
Into the Woods Jr.
Into the Woods Jr - A Modified Version
Since Into the Woods is a bit of a dark play, the Jr version has been toned down quite a bit and adapted into a more child-friendly version.
Most notable is that the second act is entirely gone and we noticed looking at the play that many of the questionable language and more morbid elements in the first act were sanitized and a less gruesome. For example, the Wolf's song and Little Red Ridinghood's songs are both shortened to remove references to being eaten by the wolf.
The Into the Woods junior show has parts for up to 21 different characters, so it is good for a medium sized production. In some productions several of the characters are even played by the same actor.
The original show has been shortened from 3+ hours to 60 to 80 minutes.
The musical score is still challenging, but the music has been transposed to make it easier for younger voices to sing the parts.
More information on Into the Wood Jr available at the Music Theater International website.
Into the Woods Jr. Productions on YouTube
Clips from different Into the Woods Jr. productions.
More about Into the Woods Jr.
To find out more about licensing Into the Woods Jr. for your theater production visit the Music Theatre International, who have been Licensing musical theater performance rights and materials to schools, community and professional theatres since 1952.
- Into The Woods JR. | Music Theatre International:
The Brothers Grimm "go Broadway" as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale where all of your favorite characters-Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and The Witch-meet and interact on their journeys.
Into the Woods Books
Into the Woods Books
This book version of Into the Woods is often given as a gift to performers of the play.
An illustrated storybook on Into the Woods.
Into the Woods Musical Books & Prints
For those interested in singing the music, Vocal parts to Into the Woods.
The completed vocal score for Into the Woods.
A 14 by 22 inch poster featuring the Into the Woods Broadway theater version.
Into the Woods Posters
More Woods for you to venture into or decorate your walls.
Darl Forest Wall Decal.
Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Classic Fairy Tales
The Once Upon a Time books features a collection of the classic Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, which tend to be much more graphic in nature than the versions we have come to know from Disney.
My daughters discovered that some of the text from the Into the Woods play has been taken directly from the original Brothers Grimm Tales.
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