Into the Woods Original Broadway Production on Blu-rayCategory: Blu-ray's and DVD's
The Tony Award Winning musical is now available for home entertainment viewing. Into the Woods boasts music from the incomparable Stephen Sondheim and a cast featuring Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, and Chip Zen. Into the Woods is about to hit the silver screen, but to get the true feeling of the story, it should be first viewed as it was originally intended – as a theatrical production.
This is a mixed-up fairy tale combining several well-known characters including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, the Baker, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and others. To say this is a smorgasbord of stories is to put it lightly. This story intertwines the various characters in a way that creates an interesting and musical play for viewers of all ages. By mixing up the characters and bringing them together for various reasons, the viewers get to see alternate versions of how their stories could play out.
Act One has the main characters (Cinderella, The baker and his wife, Jack, and the witch) on a quest to fulfill their main desires. Jack and his mother want wealth, Cinderella wants her prince, the baker and his wife want a child, and the witch wants beauty. What happens when they get what they want? Happily ever after is the focus of Act Two. But is happily ever after really possible? You can guess for yourself. This is, after all, a fairy tale too.
Sondheim, who was mentored by Oscar Hammerstein II, composed some amazing music for this play. He had contributed to West Side Story, Gypsy, and is perhaps best known for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and now Into the Woods.
This production of Into the Woods is filled with delight for adults and a lot of fun for children. Fairy tales do, after all, bring out the child in all of us. And by mixing them up what we have is an endearing way of looking at the characters with which we have all grown up and who are part of our lives, our culture, and our childhoods.
If your child enjoys fairy tales, this is an enchanting disc to pop intp the player to view together. It is, however, a bit long at 153 minutes, so you might want to break it into two nights of viewing. That way, you and your child will be able to digest the fun of Act One before continuing onto Act Two. The show is divided by an intermission, which makes the perfect place to stop for the night, and then resume the following night to see the rest of the story and learn what happens to the characters once they get what they want.
Into the Woods: The Original Tony-Award Winning Broadway Musical is available for the first time on Blu-ray.
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