History Theatre / IntoTheWoods

17th Jul '16 6:25:49 PM nombretomado
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The show is one of Sondheim's most famous, alongside ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' and ''{{Company}}''. In the year dominated by ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', it was able to snag three Tony Awards, for Best Score, Best Book, and Best Leading Actress (Joanna Gleason as the Baker's Wife). The original Broadway production has since been followed by a notably contentious revival in 2002, as well as numerous productions across the country at everywhere from the regional to the high school drama level.

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The show is one of Sondheim's most famous, alongside ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' and ''{{Company}}''.''Theatre/{{Company}}''. In the year dominated by ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', it was able to snag three Tony Awards, for Best Score, Best Book, and Best Leading Actress (Joanna Gleason as the Baker's Wife). The original Broadway production has since been followed by a notably contentious revival in 2002, as well as numerous productions across the country at everywhere from the regional to the high school drama level.
28th May '16 9:51:45 AM jccw227
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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After encountering the giantess, the royal family (save for the princes and Cinderella) retreat to a neighboring kingdom. [[spoiler: It's strongly implied at the end, that they got lost along the way and ultimately starved to death.]]
20th May '16 7:51:47 PM MisterKerr
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* AndYouWereThere: Depending on the production, some characters with similar traits are played by the same actor. Fo instance, in the PBS version the Mysterious Man and the Narrator have the same actor, as does Cinderella's Prince Charming and the Wolf.

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* AndYouWereThere: Depending on the production, some characters with similar traits are played by the same actor. Fo For instance, in the PBS version the Mysterious Man and the Narrator have the same actor, as does Cinderella's Prince Charming and the Wolf.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Of the many characters in the show, only Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack, and one of Cinderella's stepsisters, Florinda (The other, Lucinda, is AllThereInTheScript) [[note]] The Narrator uses one of their names at exactly one point at the end of Act I - when Cinderella's Prince comes to have them try the shoe. He says it is taken into "Florinda's room", and then Lucinda is referred to as the "other sister" when it is her turn. Either way, it allows the audience to tell the difference after that [[/note]] are given names. Everyone else is just The Baker, The Witch, etc.
** EDIT: Lucinda and Florinda are both mentioned by name at the Royal wedding, just before they are [[spoiler: blinded by pigeons.]]

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Of the many characters in the show, only Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack, and one of Cinderella's stepsisters, stepsisters Florinda (The other, Lucinda, is AllThereInTheScript) and Lucinda [[note]] The Narrator uses one of their names at exactly one point at the end of Act I - when Cinderella's Prince comes to have them try the shoe. He says it is taken into "Florinda's room", and then Lucinda is referred to as the "other sister" when it is her turn. Either way, it allows the audience to tell the difference after that [[/note]] are given names. Everyone else is just The Baker, The Witch, etc.
** EDIT: Lucinda and Florinda are
both are mentioned by name at the Royal wedding, just before they are [[spoiler: blinded by pigeons.]]]] Also, the Narrator uses Florinda's name at the end of Act I - when Cinderella's Prince comes to have them try the shoe.[[/note]] are given names. Everyone else is just The Baker, The Witch, etc.
22nd Apr '16 3:28:25 PM Homemaderat
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** It also uses the less extreme version of the standard Grimmification of "Little Red Riding Hood" -- her song "I Know Things Now" being even more blatantly about lost innocence than the original story was.

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** It also uses a notable aversion this production undoes some of what is considered the less extreme version of the standard Grimmification of "Little Little Red Riding Hood" -- her song "I Know Things Now" being even more blatantly about lost innocence than Hood by adding back the original story was.sexual tension that was never in their version.



* MythologyGag: The first act keeps all the most important points in the original fairytales, but they're [[PlayedForLaughs played]] ''[[PlayedForLaughs hilariously]]'', including the parts you never thought could actually be funny. Notable examples include Cinderella's stepsisters cutting off their toes, Little Red and Granny coming out of the Wolf's stomach, and Rapunzel crying into the prince's eyes.

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* MythologyGag: The first act keeps all the most important points a good chunk of details that were in the various editions of the Brothers Grimm versions. Among them, the three balls, pitch on the stairs, the slippers being gold, pouring stones into the wolf's stomach, the birds pecking out the step sisters eyes, and the cutting off of their feet.
** They also go for the revised second version of how the Witch finds out about the Prince. However does still keep that Rapunzel gets pregnant. In their
original fairytales, but they're publishing they had kept that she reveals she is pregnant naively.
** A lot of those are also
[[PlayedForLaughs played]] ''[[PlayedForLaughs hilariously]]'', including the parts you never thought could actually be funny. Notable examples include Cinderella's stepsisters cutting off their toes, Little Red and Granny coming out of the Wolf's stomach, and Rapunzel crying into the prince's eyes.eyes.
** About the only gag that really can't be said was from the Grimm's versions is the sexual metaphor in the Little Red Riding Hood story. The Grimms didn't keep that element. It's been pulled from earlier variations.
19th Dec '15 3:48:03 PM LentilSandEater
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* DeathBySex: The heroes split up to search for Jack to protect him from a marauding Giant. While she's searching, the Baker's Wife meets up with the Prince and [[spoiler: has sex with him; she's crushed by the Giant ''immediately'' afterward.]]
** Well, after she has a soliloquy/musical number that sums her mindset up as [[spoiler: "my affair has made me more grateful for what I have but hey it was kind of nice." She's more killed by barely-repentant adultery than killed by sex, since she's a married lady with a child.]]

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* DeathBySex: The heroes split up to search for Jack to protect him from a marauding Giant. While she's searching, the Baker's Wife meets up with the Prince and [[spoiler: has sex with him; she's crushed by the Giant ''immediately'' almost immediately afterward.]]
** Well, after she has a soliloquy/musical number that sums her mindset up as [[spoiler: "my affair has made me more grateful for what I have but hey it was kind of nice." She's more killed by barely-repentant adultery than killed by sex, since she's a married lady with a child.
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13th Dec '15 6:45:05 AM morenohijazo
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* ImperfectRitual: A baker and his wife must collect four ingredients for a witch: "[[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk the cow as white as milk]], [[Literature/LittleRedRidingHood the cape as red as blood]], [[{{Literature/Rapunzel}} the hair as yellow as corn]], and [[{{Literature/Cinderella}} the slipper as pure as gold]]." Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the hair from Rapunzel is unusable because the witch has already touched it, so the couple substitutes hair from an ''actual'' ear of corn, which surprisingly works.]]
21st Oct '15 5:06:49 PM beack7
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* FirstLawOfTragicomedies: The first half is set up as a mix of traditional fairy tales, with plenty of humour, although some of it is BlackComedy due to not going with a Disneyfied version of all of the tales (the fate of Cinderella's stepsisters in particular stand out). The second act shows the fallout of everything that happened to achieve the "happily ever after" of the first act. Despite starting with some very funny scenes, it quickly takes a turn for the worse and character start dropping like flies. There's even a reprise of a very funny song, ''Agony'', a duet for the two Princes talking about wanting unreachable women, which is still hilarious but has a darker undertone due to the fact that they are now cheating on the wives they spent the first act trying to get.

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* FirstLawOfTragicomedies: The first half is set up as a mix of traditional fairy tales, with plenty of humour, although some of it is BlackComedy due to not going with a Disneyfied version of all of the tales (the fate of Cinderella's stepsisters in particular stand out). The second act shows the fallout of everything that happened to achieve the "happily ever after" of the first act. Despite starting with some very funny scenes, it quickly takes a turn for the worse and character start dropping like flies. There's even a reprise of a very funny song, ''Agony'', a duet for the two Princes talking about wanting unreachable women, which is still hilarious but has a darker undertone due to the fact that because they are now cheating on the wives they spent the first act trying to get.
12th Jun '15 1:00:07 AM Mad_Spy
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EDIT: Lucinda and Florinda are both mentioned by name at the Royal wedding, just before they are [[spoiler: blinded by pidgeons.]]

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EDIT: **EDIT: Lucinda and Florinda are both mentioned by name at the Royal wedding, just before they are [[spoiler: blinded by pidgeons.pigeons.]]
7th Jun '15 5:39:37 PM CJCroen1393
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* NoodleIncident: The Baker's parents [[spoiler: supposedly]] died in "a baking accident."

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* NoodleIncident: The Baker's parents [[spoiler: supposedly]] died in "a baking accident."" Additionally, when his father stole the beans from the Witch, something happened that caused lightning to flash. The Witch never elaborates what it was and dismisses it as "another story".
6th Jun '15 11:01:34 AM LadyLegs
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EDIT: Lucinda and Florinda are both mentioned by name at the Royal wedding, just before they are [[spoiler: blinded by pidgeons.]]
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