Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim
I have to remember that Im reviewing the book, and not the film adaptation, but frankly, this is my least favourite musical up-to-date, and I only read the first half.
Because what is the nonsense of the second half? No traditional happily-ever-after? An unfaithful prince? A more real-life, completely un-magical ending? Excuse me what?
No no no no no, no thank you.
When I enter a fairytale, I expect a fairytale ending. End of story.
The script was fun to read for the songs, but having seen the movie first, I couldnt make myself read part two, not when I knew how it ended.
And speaking of the movie, it was frankly really boring. I just couldnt get into it, and then frankly disliked it after the second half. Sorry Meryl Streep.
Why “Into the Woods” Matters
The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The musical is tied together by a story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family the original beginning of The Grimm Brothers' Rapunzel , their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey. The musical has since been produced many times, with a US national tour, a West End production, a tenth anniversary concert, a Broadway revival, a London revival  and in as part of New York City's outdoor Shakespeare in the Park series. Starting with the words "Once Upon a Time," the Narrator introduces four characters who each have a wish: Cinderella, the daughter of a wealthy man who has been reduced by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters into becoming their skivvy, wishes to attend the King's festival; Jack, a simple poor boy, wishes that his cow, Milky White, would give milk; and a Baker and his Wife wish they could have a child. While Little Red Ridinghood  wishes for bread from the Baker to take to her grandmother's house, which they reluctantly give, Jack's weary mother, who wishes for gold, nags him into selling the cow, and Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters Florinda and Lucinda tease her about wanting to attend the King's festival.
The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales , exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from " Little Red Riding Hood ", " Jack and the Beanstalk ", " Rapunzel ", and " Cinderella ", as well as several others. The musical is tied together by a story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family the original beginning of The Grimm Brothers' "Rapunzel" , their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey. The musical has since been produced many times, with a US national tour, a West End production, a tenth anniversary concert, a Broadway revival, a London revival,  and in as part of New York City's outdoor Shakespeare in the Park series. The Narrator introduces four characters: Cinderella , who wishes to attend the King's festival; Jack wishes his cow, Milky White, would give milk; a Baker and his Wife wish to have a child; Little Red Ridinghood  wishes for bread to bring her grandmother. The Baker's neighbor, an ugly old witch , reveals the couple is infertile from a curse she cast on his father for stealing her vegetables, including magic beans. The Witch took the Baker's father's child Rapunzel.
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.
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Take a journey into the enchanted world of magic beans and moonlit nights, towering giants and handsome princes, and fates sealed and unsealed. This imaginative production employs elaborate costumes, inventive scenery, magical stagecraft, and a single piano to offer an adventure through the woods unlike any other. Show Sponsor. Tigard, Oregon Directions. You may also find her as a guest artist in concerts throughout the U. When Erin is not performing, she enjoys helping others find their way to a healthier lifestyle as a health and wellness coach and spending time with her husband Greg and their blended family, Ariel, Aurora, and Preston.
Act I "Once upon a time," beings the Narrator in his Prologue: Into the Woods , "in a far-off kingdom lived a fair maiden, a sad young lad and a childless baker with his wife. But, scrubbing in the kitchen, Cinderella and her foolish reveries are mocked by her Stepmother and her Stepsisters; Jack's Mother wants him to sell Milky-White; and the Baker and his Wife are distracted by the arrival of Little Red Riding Hood, in search of a sticky bun to take to her grandmother in the woods. The Witch next door offers to end the couple's barrenness if the Baker can find four crucial ingredients for a magic potion: "the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, the slipper as pure as gold. Cinderella at the Grave repeats her wish and, magically, a white and silver gown and gold slippers drop from the hazel tree. The Baker feels badly about taking advantage of a simpleton, but his Wife thinks the beans were a fair exchange.
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