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  • The Baker's Wife's motherly instincts for Red.
  • In Act Two, the Baker and his Wife realize that a giant has come and is rampaging. Then Little Red comes with a suitcase, explaining her house was destroyed so she's going to move in with her grandmother. Cue the Baker and his wife grabbing their wraps, saying they are escorting her, going Mama Bear and Papa Wolf for a child who has stolen from them. Red is confused because they don't tell her why, until they meet the Giant later.
  • You Are Not Alone. No one is alone...; where the characters sing about how sometimes people leave and you have to make your own decisions, but you're still not alone.
  • The spirit of the Baker's Wife appearing to reassure him that he can raise their child without her:
    "Sometimes people leave you/ halfway through the wood. Do not let it grieve you. No one leaves for good."
  • At first, when attempting to get the "cape as red as blood," the Baker tries just snatching the cape from Red. Naturally, once the Baker hears her crying, he gives it back, but later second-guesses that choice and goes after it anyway. This leads to him being the one that rescues Red and Granny from the Wolf, which leads to this exchange.
    Red: Oh, Mr. Baker! ...You saved our lives. [holds out cape] Here.
    The Baker: [overjoyed] Are you sure?
    Red: Yes. Maybe Granny will make me a new one with the skins of that wolf!
    The Baker: Thank you, thank you!
    [he turns to go, but then gives Red a big hug and a kiss on the cheek, which she promptly wipes off]
  • At the climax of Act One, the Baker and his Wife feed Milky White the ingredients they've collected, and after a near-miss, the cow starts giving milk, a sign that the curse is lifted. The two immediately burst into tears and embrace—they've wanted nothing more than a child for years, and now, after all that pain and heartbreak, they're finally getting their wish.
    • The climax also has the Mysterious Man being revealed as the Baker's Disappeared Dad. Though their reunion is very brief, the Mysterious Man helps break the curse by urging the group to use the literal hair from an ear of corn after Rapunzel's tresses don't work. Having finally made amends by ensuring that his son will be happy, the Mysterious Man utters his last words before dying with a smile:
    The Mysterious Man: Son! Son! All is repaired!
  • The Baker bows to Cinderella in Act Two when he recognizes her as the Princess. She tells him with embarrassment there's no need for that because she's not a Princess in the woods.
  • At the end, when Red Riding Hood and Jack ask the Baker if they can come to live with him now, he tells them no, mainly because he doesn't really have a home now with the bakery destroyed. The two children both look upset until the Baker finally gives in and says, "Yes! Yes, of course you can live with me!" While the Baker didn't get to grow up with his sister Rapunzel, his son now has two adopted siblings.
  • The Bittersweet Ending with the Triumphant Reprise at the end. Everyone acknowledges that they lost a lot and need to rebuild, together, with Cinderella admitting that sometimes she does like cleaning. The trick, however, is to build for a better future rather than lament the past for more than necessary.
  • The Baker and the Baker's Wife's duet of "It Takes Two", where the Baker's Wife has realized that her husband can change, and the Baker realizes he needs his wife more than he ever knew.
    ''Safe at home with our beautiful prize, just the few of us...'
  • When the birds report Prince Charming's wandering lips to Cinderella. Cinderella takes one look at the Baker behind her, the poor man holding his baby having just accepted his Wife's death, and decides to never mention that in front of him. She confronts Charming later, but she never blames the Baker's Wife, and lets the Baker keep an untarnished memory of his wife.
  • In the open-air production, during the reprise of Into the Woods during the finale of Act 2, in response to "the light is getting dimmer" the Baker sings "I think I see a glimmer" while looking at the ghost of his Wife, and she smiles back.
  • Although it leads to a well-deserved Calling the Old Man Out moment on Rapunzel's behalf, the fact that the Witch immediately comes rushing to see what's wrong when she hears her crying, in spite of Rapunzel rejecting her earlier.
  • "No More". The Baker's father giving him a pep talk when the latter walks away from the survivors, putting his baby in Cinderella's arms. He says that running away isn't the solution, and he knows all too well having done it, advising him to go back and fight for his happy ending. The Baker, despite wanting peace in his life, goes back and apologizes to everyone, including his newborn son.
  • In the 2022 Broadway revival though Rapunzel's Prince does sing about his straying heart in Act II, he shows up at the end with the twins in a stroller. While we don't see his mourning process (because he's cut from the scene when Rapunzel is killed), it's clear he now takes his single parenthood seriously and that's his way of honoring Rapunzel's memory.


  • When Little Red Riding Hood steals some bread in the opening, the Baker tries to stop her while his wife doesn't mind giving it to her for free. This is in contrast to the original play where both tried to stop her. It shows just how much the Baker's Wife really wants a child.
  • The first time Rapunzel and the Witch appear onscreen, the Witch has brought Rapunzel some blackberries much to her delight.
    • She just looks so pleased with herself, sitting on the windowsill and watching Rapunzel eat her berries with a grin.
  • The fate of Rapunzel. She is Spared by the Adaptation and her prince does not betray her. They run off to start a new life, away from the ensuing chaos. Suffice to say that they deserve it.
    • We also get this bit, after the pair are reunited and Rapunzel's tears heal the Prince's eyes:
      "Your hair! ...I like it."
    • Rapunzel running towards the prince when she hears him calling her name, calling out for him, running across a snake-filled swamp in her bare feet without a second thought.
  • Cinderella's break-up with Prince Charming. Prince Charming had pursued Cinderella throughout the movie, to the point of being terrifying, and even tried to trap Cinderella in a pitch. But the moment she gives him a good reason why she doesn't love him, he backs off. He silently accepts that she doesn't love him any more, apologizes for his behavior, wishes her the best of luck finding a better man then him, and rides away saying that he will always love her, even if he's not faithful to her.
    • It arguably becomes less heartwarming when you consider that, depending on one's personal interpretation, that he might not always love Cinderella per se, but instead, might always love the challenge that Cinderella represented: 'The girl that ran away.'
    • Similarly, there's the scene when Charming finds Cinderella at her step-family's house. Sure you could argue that he was just being insincerely charming, but the way he looks at Cinderella (who is dressed in rags and in the middle of her chores) before calling for the slipper is very sweet. It's believable that he had, in fact, recognized her in that moment.
  • Cinderella seems to develop a Big Sister Instinct towards Jack and Little Red Riding Hood.
  • When all is said and done, the danger has passed but the Baker's Wife, Jack's mother, Red's mother, and presumably Red's granny are all dead, and Cinderella has broken up with her "prince charming," leaving her with no place to go. So what does the Baker do? Invites them all to live with him, Cinderella offering to help him take care of the house and children. Then the Baker begins to tell the story to his son, and Red and Jack sit down to listen, Cinderella sitting next to the Baker. They may have lost so much, but you're content in the knowledge that these people have a family with each other.
  • Hearing some of the cut songs playing as Background Music over the scenes they would have been in. Almost as if to say, "no matter what changes, some things will remain the same."
  • During press interviews for the movie, James Corden often joked that in a movie with witches and giants that the only unbelievable thing in the movie was that Emily Blunt's character would leave Corden for Chris Pine. After watching the youthful exuberance and the easy chemistry between the Baker and the Baker's Wife in the song "It Takes Two", it's hard not to agree with Corden.


  • Robert Westenberg, the OBC's original Cinderella's Prince, ended up marrying the OBC's Cinderella, Kim Crosby, in 1991. (They're both on the original Broadway cast album, as well as the 1991 American Playhouse videorecording.) They are still together as of this writing, so obviously their romance and marriage have gone better than their stage counterparts'.