Into the Woods Quotes by Stephen Sondheim
Into the Woods - Act 2 (Ohlone College Summerfest 2005)
Sondheim's lush Tony-winning score and James Lapine's Tony-winning book conjure a world where "giants can be good and witches can be right. Recommended for 12 and older. It is eternally a lot of fun to watch as the characters, some fairy-tale famous, several others newly invented, contend with both magical catastrophes and everyday dilemmas.
Into the Woods JR.
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.
Into the Woods JR. The musical centers on 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 and wind up changed forever. With unforgettable roles, minimal dancing and no chorus, Into the Woods JR. The sophisticated score has been adapted to make it more accessible to young performers. Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances. Concert Selections are the perfect way to give audiences a taste of the musical theatre experience without the sets, props and costumes.
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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.
In act 2, a forgotten magic bean gives the wife of the giant Jack killed the means to get back down into the kingdom to seek revenge. While she searches for Jack, she destroys the homes of the main characters, sending them back into the woods. Eventually the surviving characters must confront these issues and come together to defeat the giant. One of the things I find so brilliant about this act is that Sondheim composed the score using the same melodies as in act 1, but with new chords he made them sound much darker. In the midst of the danger facing them, we see the characters confront the imperfections in their lives and eventually accept them through working together and later being simply grateful to be alive.
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WHEN Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood and their fairy-tale friends venture into the woods in the new Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, you can be sure that they won't miss the subconscious forest for the picturesque trees. The characters of ''Into the Woods'' may be figures from children's literature, but their journey is the same painful, existential one taken by so many adults in Sondheim musicals past. Like the middle-aged showbiz cynics who return to their haunted youths in ''Follies'' and ''Merrily We Roll Along,'' or the contemporary descendant who revisits Georges Seurat's hallowed park in ''Sunday in the Park With George,'' or the lovers who court in a nocturnal Scandinavian birch forest in ''A Little Night Music,'' Cinderella and company travel into a dark, enchanted wilderness to discover who they are and how they might grow up and overcome the eternal, terrifying plight of being alone. To hear ''No One Is Alone,'' the cathartic and beautiful final song of ''Into the Woods,'' is to be overwhelmed once more by the continuity of one of the American theater's most extraordinary songwriting careers. The lyric's terrifying opening admonition - ''Mother cannot guide you'' - sends one reeling back three decades to the volcanic finale of ''Gypsy,'' in which the mother played by Ethel Merman at last cast her children into the woods of adulthood with the angry outburst, ''Mama's got to let go!