The musical 'Into the Woods' is a fairy tale for adults

December 24, 2014 2:24 PM

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The musical 'Into the Woods' is a fairy tale for adults

Once upon a time, there was a magic land. Little Red Riding Hood lived there, with Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack from the beanstalk. They tried to find unconditional love for their families but found it can be a horrible battle. Especially while confronting the Wicked Witch, who used to be the Devil Who Wears Prada. Or being wooed by the Big Bad Wolf, who used to be Sweeney Todd, and liked to eat women. Or Prince Charming, who was admittedly “charming, not sincere.” They did not all live happily ever after, but wow, the audience did.

“Into the Woods” is a paean to the primal magic of storytelling. Brothers Grimm fairy tales were designed to be astonishing, but there’s a deeper twisted anarchy in Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s Broadway blockbuster. Based on the bloodcurdling 19th-century German fables, adding characters fr...

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