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Why did Sondheim write into the woods?

Last Updated: 15th May, 2020

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According to Sondheim and Lapine, Into the Woods came about because Sondheim wanted to write a "quest" musical (where the characters went on a journey to find something, like in The Wizard of Oz), and Lapine had the desire to write a fairytale.

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Also asked, why did Stephen Sondheim write into the woods?

According to Sondheim and Lapine, Into the Woods came about because Sondheim wanted to write a "quest" musical (where the characters went on a journey to find something, like in The Wizard of Oz), and Lapine had the desire to write a fairytale.

Secondly, what is into the woods a metaphor for? To go into the woods is a metaphor for a dangerous, challenging quest where one has no idea of the outcome -- or if you will even survive the journey.

Correspondingly, what is the message of Into the Woods?

“Be careful what you wish for” seems to be the ongoing theme in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Brothers Grimm inspired musical, Into the Woods. The story follows The Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk.

When did Sondheim write into the woods?

Into the Woods, published in 1986, is a collaborative work by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine (story). It was the product of a workshop at Playwrights Horizon in New York City, and was first produced in San Diego in 1986.

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Thamara Mirantes

Professional

Did Rapunzel die in Into the Woods?

To make the pic more family-friendly, Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) will not die. “You will find in the movie that Rapunzel does not get killed and the prince does not sleep with the [Baker's Wife] … You know, if I were a Disney executive, I probably would say the same thing.”

Abderrachid Valot

Professional

Does Emily Blunt die in Into the Woods?

Moreover, she doesn't die through a misunderstanding, or by falling off a cliff. She dies right after her tryst with the prince, when a giant from the sky stomps her out.

Cathleen Numair

Professional

Who played Jack in Into the Woods Broadway?

Casting history
Role Broadway First National Tour
1987 1988
Baker Chip Zien Ray Gill
Baker's Wife Joanna Gleason Mary Gordon Murray
Narrator Tom Aldredge Rex Robbins

Haimin Julidov

Explainer

Is Snow White in Into the Woods?

Back into the woods they go - except Cinderella's and Rapunzel's Princes who, marital bliss notwithstanding, have come across Sleeping Beauty and the equally unwakeable Snow White, two new maidens who again have them in Agony.

Mehrdad Kunda

Explainer

Why did the witch lose her powers in Into the Woods?

In the film version, it's suggested that throwing away the rest of the beans causes her to be completely consumed by the curse. In other words, she kills herself by making it so the curse destroys her entirely.

Irai Beti

Explainer

Dacian Marcano

Pundit

How many lines does Cinderella's father have in Into the Woods?

Cinderella's Father - (Just 1 line) no solo singing.

Bobi Brach

Pundit

Is Sleeping Beauty in Into the Woods?

Brookline Stage's production of Into the Woods, directed and choreographed by Kyle C. Greene; musically directed by Rachael Ziering. Our costumer, Clair Lindquist as Snow White and Rosie Bullock as Sleeping Beauty.

Sullivan Lamkadmi

Pundit

What does the phrase out of the woods mean?

Out of difficulties, danger or trouble, as in We're through the worst of the recession—we're out of the woods now, or That pneumonia was serious, but Charles is finally out of the woods. This expression, alluding to having been lost in a forest, dates from Roman times; it was first recorded in English in 1792.

Santo Gentile

Pundit

How does Jack's mother die in Into the Woods?

Jack's Mother
As the giantess demanded to know the whereabouts of Jack, his mother immediately came to his aid, but was shoved aside by the king's Steward and fatally hit her head on a fallen tree.

Azarias Mooslechner

Pundit

What happens in Into the Woods?

Cinderella decides to leave the Prince and help the Baker with Jack and Red Riding Hood, as they are now orphans, and will be moving into the bakery. The Baker comforts his son after he begins to cry by telling the story of the film as the movie ends with the Witch's moral.

Miryan Idoate

Teacher

What genre is into the woods?

Adventure
Musical
Fantasy

Tanner AƱez

Teacher

How long is Into the Woods play?

Length: ~2 hours and 45 minutes (including one 15-minute intermission).

Anthonia Soeima

Teacher

What does Rapunzel wish for in Into the Woods?

She shows kindness to those she meets, even to the Witch who keeps her locked in her tower. Rapunzel is happy to see her and doesn't care about the Witch's ugly appearance. Despite her love for the Witch, Rapunzel desired to leave the tower and experience the world. Rapunzel wishes to never see the Witch again.

Ebrahima Letourneur

Teacher

How old is Jack in Into the Woods?

The published libretto does not specify their ages, though Jack is frequently referred to as 'young man' and Riding Hood as 'little girl'. The actors portraying them are typically aged 15-25 and 13-20.

Ghislaine Leva

Reviewer

Why did the witch curse the baker's family?

As punishment she was turned into a witch. Being annoyed and angry at The Baker's father she placed a curse on them that their family tree would always be a barren one, this is the reason as to why The Baker and his wife were unable to have children. The Baker's Wife also acquired hair, but from Rapunzel.

Samya Jaouhari

Reviewer

Is there a chorus in Into the Woods?

The chorus was onstage for the song Into the Woods, First Midnight, Ever After, the end of the Act II Prologue, the scene where we first meet the giant, the end of Your Fault and Last Midnight, No One is Alone, and Children Will Listen/Act II Finale.

Lurline Traverso

Reviewer

Does the witch die in Into the Woods?

The movie makes this seem confusing because of the manner in which the witch disappears, but she actually doesn't die. She simply reenacts the curse (to get her powers back) and then disappears, leaving the others to fend for themselves against the Giant.

Sambala Krainhofner

Reviewer

Who is the mysterious man in Into the Woods?

Late Tony Award-nominated actor Tom Aldredge originated the the role of The Mysterious Man and the Narrator in the original 1987 Broadway production of Into the Woods. For the Shakespeare in the Park production, young actor Jack Broderick will play the Narrator.