Sondheim and/or James Lapine. If you like this show and/or script, please purchase the published script in the store so that you can help support Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, without who, there would be no “Into the Woods”. Act One, Scene 1 (Downstage, three structures: Far left, the home of Cinderella. She is in the kitchen, cleaning.
- Phoebe Lapine
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'That joyous rarity, a work of sophisticated artistic ambition and deep political purpose that affords nonstop pleasure.'--William A. Henry III, Time
Paperback, Theatre Communications Group Edition, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Theatre Communications Group (first published 1987)
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Oct 16, 2016Anne
rated it it was ok ·
review of another edition
Shelves: plays, read-for-school, fairytales-and-retellings, owned, medieval
I have to remember that I'm 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 th...more
Nov 22, 2011Tiffany
rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: theater lovers, fairy tale readers, ages teen to adult
This is definitely one of my favorite musicals. That being said, it's safe for me to admit I read this just to help me memorize the lines to the songs. Lame, I know. I strongly recommend watching the live taping of the musical (I've only found it on Netflix) before reading in order to grasp the comedy and shifting moods in the work.
'Into the Woods' is a combination of various fractured fairy tales (Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Ridinghood just to name a few) woven together int...more
Dec 31, 2015Jenny Gottlieb rated it really liked it
Very much like the movie, but different enough that I really enjoyed reading it.
May 01, 2017Leslie Truax added it
Into the Woods is a musical written by Stephen Sondheim, exploring several intricate storylines revolving around classic fairytales. The two main storylines revolve around the baker and his wife, who greatly desire to have a child, and Cinderella, who wants nothing more than to go to the festival with her stepmother and stepsisters. Through magical tomfoolery and other various shenanigans, stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel all are woven into the plot of...more
Oct 19, 2009Emily rated it it was amazing
This musical is genius. As with all plays and musicals, this is not meant to be read, but rather performed or watched, but there are those of us out there who read them anyway for various reasons. I read a lot of plays and musicals because I study theatre. This one is one of my favorites. The dialogue and lyrics are so clever and hilarious. It's truly an amazing work of art.
I picked up a lovely copy of this with brilliant illustrations. I was very much looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. The treatment of women in this book was disgusting. All of the women die or are hags. I know that is not uncommon of fairy tales, but this was a new treatment of such. I believe it could have been done better.
Jan 15, 2008Faith-Anne rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written musical that explores the darker side of fairy tales. What happens after the happily ever after? This is one of my favorites of Sondheim's. I recommend getting a copy of the original cast CD to listen while reading the script. The music really adds to it.
Dec 25, 2014Jesse Parks rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Lapine and Sondheim created a magical world with such dynamic characters. As a huge fan of the stage production it was great reading the script right after seeing the movie to compare it back to back.
Jul 25, 2009Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna rated it it was amazing
Great book, masterfull illustrations of the highest quality. I gave it to my children after we all enjoyed watching the musical 'Into the Woods'. Both are a must have!Also, the CD track of the musical is a hit in our house, children dress up and perform to it all the time.
I copied some info about it from Amazon below for the ones who never heard about it.
From Publishers Weekly
This picture book-adapta...more
Reading the complete book and lyrics for “Into the Woods” gives one an appreciation for the structure of the musical that the script provides. It also allows the reader to wallow in the intricate lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, which are a joy and an education all in itself. Especially well done is the “love” scene and duet between the Baker’s Wife and Cinderella’s Prince. That scene and the following duet “Moments in the Woods” are astoundingly good and reading and contemplating the song’s lyrics i...more
This was much better than I thought it would be, and I really hope that I can be in it soon! The characters were great and quirky and I loved loved loved Little Red Riding Hood. Also the second act took on a darker twist, and it really made the whole thing something worth the time it took to read it. It's a lot of singing lines, and those are harder to read than just regular dialogue. But it was a great show, and like I said, I hope that I can see it or be in it sometime soon!
Dec 20, 2011Zoe
rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Zoe by: my teachers
An amazing play! I loved being in it!
Jan 27, 2015Jenni rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
...And now the agony of waiting four days to see the movie! How an earth will I survive?!?
Seriously, I love this play!
Into the Woods, based on the musical by James Lapine
8.6 out of 10
If musicals and/or children stories are your cup of tea, then you will love this film...assuming of course that you read this note and then look for it.
Otherwise, the merit of the film would rest with the spectacular cast, led by Emily Blunt, nominated for a Golden Globe and other trophies for this role, and the iconic Meryl Streep, shortlisted for the Oscar and other prizes for her performance.
The latter is an impressive Witch - w...more
Dec 04, 2018Matthew rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Despite what the cover shows us, this isn't the script for the film version of the musical, this is the actual script. And while I don't want to compare the two, they are indeed different, as there are elements here that aren't present in the movie. When learning about the show, I heard someone quote, (it might have been film director Rob Marshall?) that it's a story about children. More specifically, the choices we make that affect our children; or those around us. The characters get their wish...more
Aug 16, 2017Israel Drazin rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I enjoyed this beautiful, well-acted, delightful film of Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece “Into the Woods.” The work includes a wealth of items, fun dialogue, and very nice music. A baker and his wife go into a magic forest to find four items that a witch ordered must be found and given to her so that the curse she placed on the baker and his wife that they would have no children would be erased. The witch placed the curse on the family because the baker's father stole some magic beans from her ga...more
Sep 15, 2018Banshee rated it liked it
Not my usual reading material but since I wanted a change I decided to go for it. It was an interesting play, I liked the ending. It wasn't a stereotypical happy ending. It had death, an unfaithful Prince and the realization that all their problems didn't magically disappear. The 'songs' weren't really that good. Sometimes they rhymed and somethings they didn't which made them feel chaotic and disjointed. Overall it was an alright play with an interesting blend of fairy tales woven into it.
Aug 21, 2017Hufflepuff Book Reviewer rated it it was amazing
My favorite play! I love the modern take on grim fairy tales and the brilliant exploration of what takes place after 'happily ever after.'
May 05, 2017Jessica Boudreau rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite musicals and so much fun to read the play
Sep 18, 2017Elijah rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
While darker than the movie, it is still immensely impacting on what it means to get what you desire and the lessons we pass down.
An enjoyable, quick read. Nothing holds a candle to seeing the actual musical though.
I love musicals and sondheim! Such a creative way to combine all the fairy tales into one story. The only thing that would have made it better was if I knew more than one song from this musical.
Dec 18, 2018Cindy ♥ rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Read for a class!
Dec 29, 2017Deborah Bancroft rated it really liked it
I've seen the dvd of this stage play 3 times (also the more recent Rob Marshall film 3 times) and even so, the script hardly elevates from the page without the music.
Feb 13, 2016Tiffany Spencer rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Into The Woods
PLOT: Into the Woods is a jumble of fairy tale characters (Cinderella, Jack, Red Riding Hood, The Baker, and the Baker’s wife) all going into the woods to carry out certain missions. Jack’s mission is to sell his cow, Milky White. Red Riding Hood’s mission is to go to her grandmothers to deliver her a basket of bread and sweets. Cinderella’s journey is getting a chance to go to the festival. The Baker and his wife are about collecting the items required by an evil witch to reverse...more
Feb 20, 2015Maria rated it liked it
I really loved the way the fairy tale characters were exposed so as to seem more realistic, presenting a human array of feelings, instead of simply being good or bad, nice or naughty. It was definitely what I appreciated most: that every single character was both good and bad somewhere along the story.
I had never read a musical play before, it was a bit odd, for instance: the plot is too fast-paced and things escalate ridiculously fast, making things seem even more unrealistic; but, being a play...more
Into the woods is about a far off kingdom, where lived a young maiden, An a sad young lad,an a childless baker,with his wife.An a young prince dance with a beautiful lady . At midnight she had to go back without giving her name. The prince looking for the foot to fit the shoe that unlocks love, or does it. While the young boy and his mother that's a story to unsolved. As the Baker doing things that only one would dare to do,it just might take him to to face a giant.
The main character of this st...more
Jul 23, 2008Ashley rated it really liked it
I have and always will have a soft spot for musicals. And I especially love Sondheim. Which I realize hardly makes me unique...
I used to want to be in musicals more than anything. Then I realized: I just want to sing authentically more than anything. Then I realized: I just want to live authentically more than anything. And also sing, sometimes. This is not conducive to a life in musical theater. It tends to be the other way around.
Which is not to say that I'm always authentic in real life. I'm...more
Into the Woods explores the mixing of multiple different fairytales in an incredibly organized and thought-out story. Stephen Sondheim ingeniously creates a realm that includes fairytales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and many others. Because this musical has been very popular lately, I decided to read it and check it out for myself. Now, I am not a musical theatre person. I am a very dedicated actor, so I like to keep up to date on what is relevant at the m...more
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Stephen Joshua Sondheim is an American musical and film composer and lyricist, winner of an Academy Award, multiple Tony Awards (seven, more than any other composer), multiple Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize. He has been described by Frank Rich in the The New York Times as 'the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater.' His most famous scores include (as composer/...more
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“Though it's fearful,
Though it's deep, though it's dark
And though you may lose the path,
Though you may encounter wolves,
You can't just act,
You have to listen.
you can't just act,
You have to think.
Though it's dark,
There are always wolves,
There are always spells,
There are always beans,
Or a giant dwells there.
So into the woods you go again,
You have to every now and then.
Into the woods, no telling when,
Be ready for the journey.
Into the woods, but not too fast
or what you wish, you lose at last.
Into the woods, but mind the past.
Into the woods, but mind the future.
Into the woods, but not to stray,
Or tempt the wolf, or steal from the giant--
The way is dark,
The light is dim,
But now there's you, me, her, and him.
The chances look small,
The choices look grim,
But everything you learn there
Will help when you return there.
The light is getting dimmer..
I think I see a glimmer--
Into the woods--you have to grope,
But that's the way you learn to cope.
Into the woods to find there's hope
Of getting through the journey.
Into the woods, each time you go,
There's more to learn of what you know.
Into the woods, but not too slow--
Into the woods, it's nearing midnight--
Into the woods to mind the wolf,
To heed the witch, to honor the giant,
To mind, to heed, to find, to think, to teach, to join, to go to the Festival!
Into the woods,
Into the woods,
Into the woods,
Then out of the woods--
And happy ever after!” — 104 likes
“You're so nice. You're not good, you're not bad, You're just nice. I'm not good, I'm not nice, I'm just right. I'm the witch. You're the world.” — 75 likes