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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 »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kay McClelland ...
Lauren Mitchell ...
Pamela Winslow ...
Merle Louise ...
Barbara Bryne ...
Ben Wright ...
Danielle Ferland ...
Kim Crosby ...
Robert Westenberg ...
Narrator / Mysterious Man


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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Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Into the Woods" opened at the Martin Beck Theater in New York on November 5, 1987, ran for 765 performances and won the 1988 Tony Awards for the Best Book and Score. The original Broadway cast is virtually intact for this filmed production which included Joanna Gleason, the winner of the 1988 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and Robert Westenberg, the nominee for the 1988 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. See more »


Cinderella's PrinceRapunzel's Prince: Always in thrall most to anything, almost, or something asleep.
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Brilliant in every way.
17 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I caught this one Christmas, many years ago, on BBC TV buried away at about 10 a.m. in the schedule. It entranced me right away and I made a point of searching out the eventual release of the DVD. Everyone in the production was marvellous and brought their characters to life. There is a great deal of marvellous humour and pathos throughout the show which the songs portray wonderfully. Sondheim's musical/lyrical genius runs throughout and I don't think could be bettered. I only hope that the new movie can live up to it. Bernadette Peters' witch is a hard act to follow and naturally I guess the film must be shorter than the stage production, which will affect it adversely. I remain open to be amazed

  • Rob Marshall's Chicago was a treat so I am hoping for a good

experience when I see the movie. I update this review to mention the film - the film is a very different prospect- still hugely enjoyable but lots of great songs are missing from Rob Marshall's realisation of the play. I prefer the Broadway production and while the cast in the film are excellent they have a lot to live up to.

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