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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.

Director:

James Lapine

Writer:

James Lapine (book)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joy Franz ... Cinderella's Stepmother
Edmund Lyndeck ... Cinderella's Father
Philip Hoffman ... Steward
Kay McClelland Kay McClelland ... Florinda
Lauren Mitchell Lauren Mitchell ... Lucinda
Chuck Wagner ... Rapunzel's Prince
Pamela Winslow Kashani Pamela Winslow Kashani ... Rapunzel (as Pamela Winslow)
Merle Louise Merle Louise ... Grandmother / Cinderella's Mother / Giant
Barbara Bryne Barbara Bryne ... Jack's Mother
Ben Wright Ben Wright ... Jack
Danielle Ferland Danielle Ferland ... Little Red Riding Hood
Kim Crosby Kim Crosby ... Cinderella
Robert Westenberg Robert Westenberg ... Wolf / Cinderella's Prince
Tom Aldredge ... Narrator / Mysterious Man
Joanna Gleason ... Baker's Wife
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

Unrated

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Brandman Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In a case where life imitates art, Robert Westenberg who played Cinderella's Prince and Kim Crosby who played Cinderella met making this play, eventually married and still are together (2009). See more »

Quotes

Witch: Careful the things you say, children will listen. Careful the things you do, children will see. And learn. Children may not obey, but children will listen. Children will look to you for which way to turn, to learn what to be. Careful before you say, "Listen to me." Children will listen.
All: Careful the wish you make, wishes are children. Careful the path they take - wishes come true, not free. Careful the spell you cast, not just on children. Sometimes the spell may last beyond what you can see and...
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Connections

Referenced in Safety Dance (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

A Very Nice Prince
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Sung by Kim Crosby and Joanna Gleason
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A Great Musical
26 April 2000 | by gws-2See all my reviews

We owe Sondheim a debt of gratitude for allowing this stage performance of "Into the Woods" to be Filmed. It is filled with outstanding performances (Joanna Gleason won a Toni). Sondheim's words and music move us back and forth between laughter and tears. "Into the Woods" is the ultimate fractured fairy tale: traditional fairy tales are mixed together and then filtered through the lens of late 20th Century reality. Wonderful stuff


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