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re: London's production of INTO THE WOODS
Posted by: Chazwaza 09:38 am EDT 03/31/21
In reply to: London's production of INTO THE WOODS - dooey 11:24 am EDT 03/30/21

I was supremely fascinated by this production when I found the cast album in my library as a teen, and have been since. I wish there was more documentation of it... but as much as I love the OBC, I think the OLC album is at least as good and I wish more fans knew that recording. The performances, especially Julia and Imelda, are amazing and easily rival the originals. I remember reading that Sondheim maybe even preferred it, especially for the orchestrations. He apparently loved that bold opening which would make the audience pay attention.

As for the set... wow. From what I remember reading, it was set in a victorian children's playroom or bedroom, and the walls were wallpapered in a creepy woods print. The walls of the room also had several doors, and when a character had to make a choice and go down a path, a nursery wall door would open for them to go through. In the middle was a giant black tree, which held up a black cuckoo clock for the 3 midnights.

I always wished something like this vision of the show had been given a chance on broadway, rather than Lapine directing BOTH of the shows broadway bows. I find his original direction "definitive", but this is the best reinterpretation I've come across (and I've seen many many productions of the show).
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