Daddycatcher’s MUSICAL MONDAY: INTO THE WOODS

Name one of the roles that Daddycatcher would love to play if he were a woman…

One of them would definitely have to be The Witch from the 1988 Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical fairy tale, Into the Woods.

And so Into the Woods comes in at the number 6 spot on Daddycatcher’s Top 10 favorite musicals of all time.

The original Broadway production was preserved on video for the American Playhouse program on PBS in 1991.  The VHS of the show can be credited for introducing an entire generation of theatre fans to the music of Stephen Sondheim.

Daddycatcher’s introduction to Into the Woods was not the video.  It was the original cast album.  He purchased it when he was 15 years old.  The original packaging gave it the impression that it was a 2-CD set.  Daddycatcher was thrilled he was getting a 2-CD recording for $18.99.  His initial disappointment quickly disappeared as he made his parents play the recording in the car on the way home.

Fractured fairy tales are always interesting.  And the songs that accompany the show are magnificent.  Over the years, the show has taken on more meaning as Daddycatcher has matured.

Lyrics that eluded him as a teenager make more sense as an adult.  The relationships between children and parents are clearer now that he has a nephew.  And of course, no matter where you are “no one is alone.”

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