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I know there has been a topic on this already but here's another, the song was cut from my last production of into the woods, do you think it effects the show if it's cut? Is the song nessasary for the show? I think it should have stayed but the director said he didn't know it.

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Please,Hello wrote:
I know there has been a topic on this already but here's another, the song was cut from my last production of into the woods, do you think it effects the show if it's cut? Is the song nessasary for the show? I think it should have stayed but the director said he didn't know it.


It is definitely not necessary for the show in my opinion. It's only an optional number in the MTI licensed script anyway so technically your director didn't cut it, he just chose not to do it. It wasn't in the original production to begin with. I think it's very weak in comparison to the rest of the score, and I personally will always have negative feelings associated with it due to the Rapunzel in my production who threatened to quit the show if it wasn't performed in the show (and my director wisely fired her instead). The song isn't really stating any information that isn't already given about the Witch and Rapunzel-it basically only explains further more that the Witch is clinging to Rapunzel while Rapunzel is longing to get out, which most people know from the original fairy tale to begin with.


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Sorry, just another question about Our Little World. Do you know why Vanessa Williams sang it lower than what is written? I was listening to the song so it would become familiar and certainly got a surprise when I looked at the music! It's hard to keep the witchy sound when you are singing so high!

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Please,Hello wrote:
I know there has been a topic on this already but here's another, the song was cut from my last production of into the woods, do you think it effects the show if it's cut? Is the song nessasary for the show? I think it should have stayed but the director said he didn't know it.


I haven't heard the song before, but a director not having a song in a show because they "don't know it" it probably the worst reason imaginable.

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Sorry, just another question about Our Little World. Do you know why Vanessa Williams sang it lower than what is written? I was listening to the song so it would become familiar and certainly got a surprise when I looked at the music! It's hard to keep the witchy sound when you are singing so high!


Likely because it was out of her vocal range, I assume. Our Little World can be found on the original London Recording, and the Witch was played by an opera singer.

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Our Little World can be found on the original London Recording, and the Witch was played by an opera singer.


I don't think Julia McKenzie usually is considered an opera singer?

And I like Our Little World a bit. But I'd rather see Second Midnight restored, if maybe slightly trimmed. It has a vital part of Children Will Listen, and without three midnights, there seems something is missing in a fairy tale context.

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I think the show works perfectly fine without "Our Little World." It's kind of like a sundae--it's fine as it is, but not many people complain about adding sprinkles.

I agree with Hans, though, I'd love to see "Second Midnight" restored. The crucial archetype of three is missing without it.

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tanya.boyle wrote:
Sorry, just another question about Our Little World. Do you know why Vanessa Williams sang it lower than what is written? I was listening to the song so it would become familiar and certainly got a surprise when I looked at the music! It's hard to keep the witchy sound when you are singing so high!


You mean towards the end, its sung down an octave? All witches I have seen or performed with have sung it that way.


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No, in the beginning mainly. When the witch is just singing by herself. In my libretto it is written the octave up, and in the London and revival cast recordings, they both sing it down!

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tanya.boyle wrote:
No, in the beginning mainly. When the witch is just singing by herself. In my libretto it is written the octave up, and in the London and revival cast recordings, they both sing it down!


It may be just a personal preference of the actresses' to sing it down. I also noticed when I did the show that there are a few parts of Jack's (particularly in the Act I and Act II openings) that are written an octave below from how Ben Wright sings them on the cast recording.


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Ok thanks guys. Now I just need to convince the MD that it would be sung better down! I can sing it up, I'm a soprano, but the tone of my voice is too pretty sounding up there, I'd much rather keep it down to stick with the character.

Thanks for your help!

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tanya.boyle wrote:
Ok thanks guys. Now I just need to convince the MD that it would be sung better down! I can sing it up, I'm a soprano, but the tone of my voice is too pretty sounding up there, I'd much rather keep it down to stick with the character.

Thanks for your help!


The beginning is also traditionally sung down the octave. I agree that its better the character.


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