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Into the Woods 

In this Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim, several fairy tale characters learn the hard way that the 'Happily Ever After' they sought isn't necessarily so happy after all.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
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A childless baker and his wife cannot have a child until they follow the bidding of the witch next door to get a cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold. Good thing, then that they've got neighbors named Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella to help them before (and after) Happily Ever After. Written by Kathy Li

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15 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Cinderella's wedding dress is an exact replica of Princess Diana's. See more »

Quotes

Jack: Into the woods to sell a friend.
Jack's Mother: Someday, you'll have a real pet, Jack.
Jack: [eagerly] A piggy?
Jack's Mother: No!
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Connections

Version of Into the Woods (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Moments in the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Sung by Joanna Gleason
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Broadway's most magical and essential musical
5 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Into the Woods" never became the stuff of legend like "Hair" or "West Side Story", and it never became a commercial blockbuster like practically every Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Perhaps this is because of its length--three hours, on average--perhaps because of the fairy-tales-go-to-hell subject matter. People don't usually like to see what happens after "happily ever after," but it's one of the most cogent and powerful lessons of "Into the Woods," the best of all Broadway musicals. It's comical, serious, joyous, poignant, mystical, accessible, you name it. It's got an intricate plot, complex and sympathetic characters, and the most rich and rapturous score ever to grace the professional stage. Thank you so much, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, for this wonderful gift.


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