Sondheim: Into the Woods [Original Cast Recording]

Sondheim: Into the Woods [Original Cast Recording]

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With Into the Woods, songwriter Stephen Sondheim and librettist/director James Lapine retold a group of children's stories in an intricate, moving way that worked on many levels. In the show, which opened on Broadway on November 5, 1987, and ran 764 performances before closing on September 3, 1989 (making it Sondheim's most popular work in 25 years), CinderellaSee more details below

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With Into the Woods, songwriter Stephen Sondheim and librettist/director James Lapine retold a group of children's stories in an intricate, moving way that worked on many levels. In the show, which opened on Broadway on November 5, 1987, and ran 764 performances before closing on September 3, 1989 (making it Sondheim's most popular work in 25 years), Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and other familiar fairy tale characters, joined by a few newly invented ones, engage in interrelated adventures. Sondheim and Lapine's interpretation is informed by child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim's book The Uses of Enchantment, and they not only retain some of the gorier aspects of the original tales, but also add adult complexities. Sondheim's score for Into the Woods is one of his most tuneful, and slyly acknowledges the melodic simplicity of the Disney movie versions of some of these fairy tales, but his lyrics are typically witty and, not infrequently, employ tongue twisters. Song highlights include Cinderella's "On the Steps of the Palace"; the two versions of "Agony," sung by two princes; and "Hello, Little Girl," sung to Little Red Riding Hood by the Wolf. An ensemble cast led by Bernadette Peters (as a witch) navigates those words well. Particularly impressive are Danielle Ferland as Little Red Riding Hood; Robert Westenberg, who plays both the Wolf and Cinderella's Prince; and Tony winner Joanna Gleason. Into the Woods succeeded in enchanting children (some of whom, it must be admitted, probably could have left after the deceptive "happy ending" that closed the first act) along with adults who understood the grown-up references. Recorded at a time when the advent of CDs was expanding the previous length limitations of albums, the original Broadway cast recording used its 69-minute running time to give a good sense of the show as a whole rather than being just a collection of musical highlights.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2011
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0886979025622
catalogNumber:
790256
Rank:
2702

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Tracks

  1. Act 1. Prologue: Into the Woods
  2. Act 1. Cinderella at the Grave
  3. Act 1. Hello, Little Girl
  4. Act 1. I Guess This Is Goodbye / Maybe They're Magic
  5. Act 1. I Know Things Now
  6. Act 1. A Very Nice Prince / First Midnight / Giants in the Sky
  7. Act 1. Agony
  8. Act 1. It Takes Two
  9. Act 1. Stay with Me
  10. Act 1. On the Steps of the Palace
  11. Act 1. Ever After
  12. Act 2. Prologue: So Happy
  13. Act 2. Agony (Reprise)
  14. Act 2. Lament
  15. Act 2. Any Moment / Moments in the Woods
  16. Act 2. Your Fault / Last Midnight
  17. Act 2. No More
  18. Act 2. No One Is Alone
  19. Act 2. Finale: Children Will Listen
  20. Giants in the Sky
  21. Back to the Palace
  22. Boom Crunch

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bernadette Peters   Vocals
Gloria Agostini   Harp
Karl Bargen   Viola
John Beal   Bass
John Campo   Bassoon
Laura Corcos   Violin
Eileen Folson   Cello
Paul Gemignani   Musical Direction
Lowell Hershey   Trumpet
Jean Ingraham   Violin
John Moses   Clarinet
Marilyn Reynolds   Violin,Concert Mistress
Adrienne Wilcox   Percussion
Wilmer Wise   Trumpet
Lauren Mitchell   Vocals
Joy Franz   Vocals
Philip Hoffman   Vocals
Maureen Moore   Vocals
Maxine Roach   Viola
Chip Zien   Vocals
Scott Frankel   Keyboards
Richard Hagen   Horn
Edmund Lyndeck   Vocals
Robert Westenberg   Vocals
Robert Ayers   Percussion
Barbara Bryne   Vocals
Pamela Winslow   Vocals
Merle Louise   Vocals
John Cameron Mitchell   Vocals
Kim Crosby   Vocals
Danielle Ferland   Vocals
Joanna Gleason   Vocals
Tom Aldredge   Vocals,Narrator
Maureen Davis   Vocals
Kay McClelland   Vocals
Jean Kelly   Vocals
Lesley Scott   Flute,Piccolo
Paul Ford   Keyboards
Chuck Wagner   Vocals
Ronald Sell   Horn
Ben Wright   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Text
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Paul Goodman   Engineer
Matthew Kelly   Tape Research
Frank Rodriguez   Engineering
Jay David Saks   Producer
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
James Lapine   Director,Book
Anthony Salvatore   Engineer
Richard Jay-Alexander   Liner Notes
Glenn Korman   Tape Research
Karl E. Held   Producer
Darcy M. Proper   Reissue Producer
Elisabeth Ladwig   Graphic Design

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