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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.


James Lapine


James Lapine (book)




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


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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Did You Know?


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


Mysterious Man: You'd be lucky to exchange her for a sack of beans!
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Referenced in Horton Hears a Who! (2008) See more »


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Sung by Bernadette Peters
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not necessarily appropriate for children...
17 June 2003 | by weymoSee all my reviews

My wife and I have enjoyed the soundtrack and associated book form of this musical for years. Alas, we were never able to enjoy it on broadway. We knew there was a bit of innuendo involved but that it was fairly out of the range of our 8 year old daughter. However, when we rented the DVD of this live performance, my eyebrows were raised quite quickly when Red Riding Hood comes upon the Wolf. The Wolf is, how should I say, amazingly anatomically correct for a man, let alone a wolf. The tone of the whole play really isn't for kids but the rest of it seems okay. My daughter enjoyed the music and made comments about the crude special effects. But the parents understand that the effects are just for effect and that the real power of this musical is in the story. It tugs just a little harder than one would expect at the heartstrings. I was amazed at the number of real tears shed by the cast...and that emotion is just a real today as a decaded ago. Oh. And witch ever.

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Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

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Brandman Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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