The new cast album of the Tony-winning revival of Into the Woods, featuring Tony nominees Vanessa Williams, John McMartin, Laura Benanti and Gregg Edelman, releases June 25 on the Nonesuch Records label.
Among the goodies on the CD is the first American recording of Woods' new number, "Our Little World," a duet between Rapunzel (Melissa Dye) and the Witch (Williams) (the song was previously recorded on the original London cast album). The new "Hello, Little Girl," sung by twice the wolves in the revival, is also preserved with some additional dialogue and the new lyrics. Additional bits of spoken word are peppered throughout the recording, along with the slight lyric changes made for the revival.
A booklet, including the recording's libretto and full color production shots, is included with the disc.
Billed as a family show, Into the Woods twists popular fairy tales, infusing them with an adult sense of what happens after the "Happily Ever After." Jack's murder of the giant (of beanstalk fame) provokes the wrath of his giant wife (voiced in this production by Dame Judi Dench and appearing as a large moving shadow projected onto the stage). Cinderella's prince is a hopeless philanderer. The witch is not wicked but overprotective of her daughter. And a slightly psychotic Little Red Riding Hood proudly wears the grey skin of the wolf she cut up. The score is one of Sondheim's most popular, with the comic and manic "Into the Woods," "Agony" and "On the Steps of the Palace" contrasting with the dramatic and wondering "Children Will Listen," "No One Is Alone" and "Giants in the Sky."
Steven Epstein produced the Nonesuch recording. Into the Woods was recorded in May at Right Track Recording.