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Into the Woods Modernized? 

How should Into the Woods be presented?
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Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. You could do a lot with this show but not every idea is a good one. The local community college's opera program did this show about 3 years ago. The head of the program, while being a brilliant musical director and conductor, is an horrendous theatrical director. When he did "Woods" he turned all the characters into toys. And I can understand a sort of toy box theme and I think the old Witch would look great as a sort of broken and cracked porcelain doll with patches of hair missing and have Jack and his mother be rag dolls etc. But he turned all the characters into actual known toy lines. So there for he turned them all into different characters. The princes were Malibu Kens (Sandals, flowery shirts, and shorts), Rapunzel was Rainbow Bright, Little Red was Strawberry Shortcake, the Wolf was a GI Joe, Jack was Woody from A Toy Story, the Witch was Cruella DeVil, the Narrator was the Monopoly guy, and Snow White and Sleeping Beauty were a China Doll and Tinker Bell. I didn't see it but I heard that no one in the audience knew what was going on. No one left actually knowing what the show was about. So be happy that your director isn't going that far.

Though if I was in a show that was not directed well and that I knew was going to be bad and I had the option to quit, I would.


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How do you quit when you are the male lead and choreographer?

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Well the best you can do is ride it out dude, if it's not too late.

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I'm going to do it... Without me there would be no dance, no music, no set, only half the rehearsals... I'm definitely staying; just thought it was a funny thought...

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Like I said: If I had the option...

If you have to ride it out then you just have to. Also, is your director the type that can handle small suggestions? Some can but others will rip your head off.


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How did this turn out in the end? Do you have nay pictures of costumes?

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Modernized ITW = EPIC fail!

I have the OBC version on my iPod, which I think I need to watch sometime in the near future again. That version was HILARIOUS!! This director obviously is ruining one of the best Sondheim musicals out there.

It would probably be like that Romeo & Juliet movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. All it did was look different. There really wasn't enough of a difference to modernize that. You might as well as had the 70s film to watch.

Sorry for the random off-topic rant there. It'll be a definite epic fail, though. For those that have seen the OBC DVD of it who go to see that are gonna be mighty disappointed, imo. I know I would.


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Oh you guys sound so pretentious.

Not all theater has to be perfect. Theater can be experimental, just to see where it leads. Its all a big creative circle.

Not all art has to be perfect. We're trying, we're learning, we're thinking about stuff.
Maybe I would rather see a f@cked up ITW with some good ideas, some bad, than one with no creative interpretation or emotion at all.


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Moises's Kaufman's production looks like it has some modernized ideas. And judging from the production pictures, it looks kind of amazing.


http://www.playbill.com/multimedia/gallery//684/?pnum=1


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SmallTownIngenue wrote:
Moises's Kaufman's production looks like it has some modernized ideas. And judging from the production pictures, it looks kind of amazing.


http://www.playbill.com/multimedia/gallery//684/?pnum=1


This looks like its the narrator telling the story to a child kind of set-up.
But WOW, what a gorgeous world they created! Thanks for the link!
Although I do wonder, whats with the big eyeball?


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wolfenflautist wrote:
It would probably be like that Romeo & Juliet movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. All it did was look different.


That's so true! It was pointlessness-o-rama!

Wether or not a story strikes an emotional chord has zero to do with what sort of hat the characters wear.

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That production appears to be using some contemporary ideas in the costuming, but it isn't "modernizing" the show as such. It still appears to be in a magical world "once upon a time."

The school production I'm hearing described in this thread is going too far in my opinion, and seems to be a case of "I'm a director, so I'm going to make big choices."

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Although I do wonder, whats with the big eyeball?


My guess is that the giant's eyeball rolled onstage when the birds attacked her.

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