Into The Woods
The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make.
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Show Essentials

Full Synopsis

Act One

We discover three dwellings in a large forest. In one, we see Cinderella cleaning; in the second, we see Jack trying to milk his pathetic-looking cow, Milky-White; and in the third, we see the Baker and the Baker's Wife preparing tomorrow's bread.

The Narrator leads the company through "The Prologue" as we learn about a series of wishes that are more important than anything - even life itself - to these characters. Cinderella wants to go to the King's Festival; Jack wishes his cow could give milk; and the Baker (who believes his parents were killed in a baking accident) wishes he and his Wife could have a child. As these characters express their wishes, we meet Cinderella's Stepmother and stepsisters who laugh at the idea of her going to a ball; Jack's aging mother who wishes for a lot of gold and a less foolish son; and Little Red Ridinghood, who comes to buy bread, sticky buns and pies from the Baker and his Wife before starting her journey into the woods to see her sick Grandmother.

We learn Jack's cow (whom Jacks foolishly persists in refering to as "he") is no longer giving milk. Jack's Mother says he must sell the cow so they can survive. He is crushed because he thinks the cow is his best friend, but sets off to the market to sell it. Leaving Cinderella in tears, her family rides off to the ball without her.

The Baker and his Wife learn the Witch next door, a humpbacked crone with long gnarled fingers, has placed a curse on them to prevent their having a child. She explains the Baker's father had stolen various vegetables from her garden many years ago to satisfy his wife's insatiable desire for greens. He also stole the Witch's magic beans. To punish him for the theft, she demanded and had been given the Baker's sister, a sibling the Baker never knew existed. She claims she still has the Baker's sister hidden away and that he can break the spell that makes him childless only by bringing her a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn and a slipper as pure as gold.

The Baker puts on his father's old jacket as he prepares to journey into the woods. He finds six beans in the pockets and wonders if they are the Witch's magic beans. He forbids his Wife to join him on this dangerous quest as he tries to memorize the list of things the Witch says he must deliver. As "The Prologue" ends, Cinderella decides to visit her mother's grave.

At this point, the show takes on a rapid pace.

Cinderella tells her mother her wish and is given a fancy dress and slippers to wear to the ball. While walking through the Woods to market, Jack encounters a Mysterious Man who tells Jack his cow is only worth a sack of beans. Little Red Ridinghood meets a Wolf who targets her and her grandmother as his next meal ("Hello, Little Girl"). The Baker appears and is concerned harm will come to Little Red Ridinghood. The Witch warns him not to worry about the child's welfare; his task is simply to steal her cape. We hear the sound of a woman singing in the distance; it is the voice of the Baker's lost sister, Rapunzel.

As the Baker struggles to remember the four objects on his list, his Wife appears, with another offer to help him. They argue about her presence as they encounter Jack and his cow, a beast like the one the Witch has demanded. The Baker's Wife persuades Jack to sell the cow for five of their beans (which leaves them with one remaining bean). After Jack sings a sad farewell to the cow ("I Guess This Is Goodbye"), the Baker is upset they used deceit to acquire the animal. The Baker's Wife insists they did Jack a favor. ("Maybe They're Magic"). She says you have to go after what you want and not hesitate. The Baker sends his wife home with the cow and continues on his way, as Rapunzel sings again.

The Witch visits Rapunzel at the tower where she is kept prisoner. A handsome prince sees the Witch climb Rapunzel's hair and decides to try it himself the following day.

The Baker makes an unsuccessful try at stealing Little Red Ridinghood's cape - thievery does not come naturally to him. Little Red Ridinghood enters her Grandmother's house to find the Wolf, in bed, pretending to be the old woman (whom he has eaten). After the Wolf eats Little Red Ridinghood, he takes a nap. The Baker sees a corner of the red cloak hanging out of the Wolf's mouth and hoping to get the whole thing cuts his stomach open, releasing Little Red Ridinghood and her Grandmother. After the ordeal, Little Red Ridinghood realizes that "I Know Things Now." Grateful to the Baker for saving her life, Little Red Ridinghood gives him her cloak.

Jack's Mother is furious with him for selling their cow for five seemingly worthless beans and she throws them away. The Baker's Wife, leading Milky-White through the forest, encounters Cinderella, who is running from the Prince (the brother, coincidentally, of the prince who is smitten with Rapunzel) and his Steward. When Cinderella reveals she isn't sure she wants the Prince, the Baker's Wife thinks she is being very foolish ("A Very Nice Prince.") The Baker's Wife tries to take one of Cinderella's gold shoes, but is forced to chase after the runaway cow instead.

The next morning the characters realize one midnight has gone and they have not realized their wishes. Jack discovers a beanstalk has grown up overnight.

As the Baker sleeps beneath a tree, Jack appears with an oversized money sack. He sings about "Giants In The Sky" and relates his adventure. He describes the sensation of being high in the sky and meeting a lady giant who drew him close. The appearance of her husband, an even bigger giant who intended to harm him, sent him scrambling back to earth with one of the giant's sacks of gold. Jack's Mother, delighted by his acquistion, has let him keep five gold pieces which he wants to use to buy back Milky-White. He finds the Baker and demands his cow. The Baker cannot sell the cow because the Witch wants it. Jack, thinking the Baker is holding out for more money, goes off in search of additional funds, leaving the gold with the Baker. The Baker's Wife appears, confessing she has lost the cow.

Rapunzel's Prince and Cinderella's Prince exchange tales of woe ("Agony"), each insisting his romantic problem is more serious than his brother's.

The Baker's Wife, who is searching for the hair as yellow as corn, encounters Jack's Mother, who is looking for Jack. The Mysterious Man returns the cow to the Baker. The Witch warns the Mysterious Man to stay out of her business. The Baker's Wife, recognizing Rapunzel's hair as the perfect shade to satisfy the Witch's hair demand, grabs one of the girl's substantial tresses, rips it out, and runs into Cinderella, who is on her way home from another night at the Festival. The Baker's Wife tries, without success, to take Cinderella's shoe. The Baker and his Wife run into each other and he finally agrees it will take both of them to accomplish their goal ("It Takes Two").

Jack appears with the hen that lays golden eggs. The Baker's Wife realizes the Baker has considered selling the cow for money. The cow drops dead and all seems lost for the Baker and his Wife. Two midnights are gone.

The Baker goes in search of another cow. The Baker's Wife goes off to try again to grab a golden slipper. The Witch warns Rapunzel to obey her ("Stay With Me") and to remain shielded from the world. Rapunzel says she is no longer a child and wants to see the world. Enfuriated, the Witch cuts off most of Rapunzel's hair and exiles her. The Narrator reveals, while pursuing Rapunzel, Rapunzel's Prince has fallen into a patch of thorns and blinded himself.

Little Red Ridinghood has turned bloodthirsty, replacing her red cloak with one made from the skins of the Wolf. Jack, questing after more money for his mother, has returned to the giant's domain to steal more gold.

Leaving her third visit to the royal ball with only one slipper, Cinderella reflects on her indecision about leaving her miserable home for the unknown aspects of life with the Prince ("On The Steps of the Palace"). She decides not to decide. She has left a shoe for the Prince to find and it will be his decision.

The Baker's Wife gives Cinderella her own shoes in exchange for the remaining gold slipper. She then has a struggle with the Prince's Steward who also wants the second gold slipper. The Mysterious Man becomes involved in the struggle. The Prince decides they only need one shoe. There is a horrible thud. Jack's Mother screams that a dead giant has fallen from the sky. No one seems to care. The third midnight is near.

The Baker and his Wife report to the Witch with their four objects, but she rejects the new cow which they have covered with flour to look like the dead Milky-White. The Witch demands they bring the dead Milky-White to her and she'll bring it back to life. Jack appears with a golden harp. The Witch restores Milky-White to life and commands the Baker to feed the cow the other objects. A clock chime begins to strike. The Witch insists the cow be milked to fill a silver goblet. Jack tries, but no milk flows. When the Baker's Wife says she pulled the hair as yellow as corn from a maiden in the tower, the Witch explains she, the Witch, cannot have touched any of the objects needed to break the spell. The Mysterious Man says to feed the cow an ear of corn. The Witch reveals the Mysterious Man is the Baker's father. The cow eats the corn, the milk flows into the goblet and the Witch drinks it. She is transformed into a beautiful woman and the Baker's father dies as the third midnight strikes.

The Narrator explains the Witch had been cursed with ugliness after her beans were stolen, but is now beautiful once again. Milky-White is reunited with Jack. The Prince searches for Cinderella with the golden slipper. Lucinda and Florinda try to fit into the slipper by cutting off parts of their feet, but their tricks are discovered and the Prince finally finds Cinderella.

The Narrator states Rapunzel, who has had twins, has been reunited with her blind husband and Rapunzel's tears restored his vision. The Witch attempts a reconciliation with her adopted daughter, but Rapunzel refuses. When the Witch tries to enchant Rapunzel and her prince, she realizes that in exchange for her own youth and beauty, she has lost her magical power over others.

At Cinderella's wedding, her stepsisters are blinded. The Baker's Wife appears, very pregnant.

The Narrator observes that everything which seemed wrong is now right. The kingdoms are filled with joy and those who deserve happiness to are certain to live long and satisfying lives. Only tenderness and laughter are foreseen forever after. As everyone congratulates themselves on their unswerving determination to get their wishes, a giant beanstalk emerges from the ground and stretches to heaven. No one notices it.

Act Two

As in the opening of Act I, we discover three structures. The first is the castle where Cinderella lives with the Prince; the second is Jack's house which is filled with all the conveniences gold will buy; the third is the home of the Baker and his Wife, which is cluttered with nursery items.

While the characters seem content ("Prologue: So Happy"), minor disturbances are quietly disrupting the joyous scene. The Baker's Wife wants a bigger cottage and she is squabbling with her husband over the baby's care. Suddenly a huge crash is heard and their home caves in.

The Baker goes off to tell the Royal Family. The Witch, who has lost her garden in the incident, insists they will not be of any help. When the Baker stops at Jack's house he is refused help by Jack's Mother who is still angry because no one cared when she had a giant in her backyard. The Baker is granted an audience with Cinderella who seems unable to offer any concrete assistance. Despite his mother's warnings, Jack goes out to investigate.

Little Red Ridinghood stops at the Baker's. She is on her way to move in with her Grandmother because her own home was destroyed and her mother has disappeared. The Baker and his Wife offer to escort her through the woods. The birds come to lead Cinderella through the woods, warning of trouble at her mother's grave. The characters re-enter the woods "To flee the winds - To find a future - To shield - To slay - To flee - To find - To fix - To hide - To move - To battle - To see what the trouble is."

The royal brothers, Rapunzel's Prince and Cinderella's Prince, meet and again compare their problems. Rapunzel's Prince complains his wife finds it impossible to be happy because of her pain-filled upbringing. He has fallen for Snow White. Cinderella's Prince lusts after Sleeping Beauty (Reprise: "Agony").

The Baker, his Wife and child and Little Red Ridinghood are lost in the now chaotic woods. They see the Royal Family staggering down a path and learn the castle has been set upon by a giant. When the Baker reminds the Steward he tried to warn them, the Steward replies "I don't make policy, I just carry it out."

Suddenly the Giant appears and the group realizes it is the wife of the giant Jack killed. She has come to exact revenge and demands Jack be handed over to her. Since she is near-sighted, the group thinks they can substitute someone else. Everyone in the group has an idea who should be sacrificed. First they sacrifice the Narrator. When the Giant realizes he isn't the boy she's after, she destroys him and again demands Jack. Jack's Mother engages the Giant in a furious verbal battle; the Steward bashes Jack's Mother over the head to stop her from endangering everyone else and Jack's mother is fatally wounded. The Steward reveals that Jack is hiding in Rapunzel's tower. Then, hysterical, Rapunzel runs toward the Giant and is crushed. The witch mourns that this is the world she was trying to save Rapunzel from confronting ("Lament").

The group disagrees about turning Jack over to the Giant. The Royal Family, without concern for anyone else, run to another kingdom. The Baker and his Wife leave their child with Little Red Ridinghood and go off to save Jack from the Witch, who is on her way to turn him over to the Giant.

The Baker's Wife encounters Cinderella's Prince in the woods and they have a romantic encounter in a glade. The Prince is ready to forget his commitment to Cinderella, but The Baker's Wife is ambivalent ("Any Moment"). The Baker meets Cinderella next to her mother's ruined grave and invites her to join his group. The Baker's Wife realizes she has to let the moment go, but says she will never forget her time with the Prince ("Moments In The Woods"). She knows it is time for her to leave the woods, but she becomes lost, the giant appears and she is crushed.

Jack is discovered by the others. He reports the Baker's Wife is dead. Everyone blames him, but he blames the Baker for giving him the beans which set the scenario in motion ("Your Fault"). As the song evolves, everyone blames every one else. The Witch stops their accusations, declaring it's the "Last Midnight." She says everyone is looking for someone to blame, when they should look inward instead. She says "You can tend the garden. Separate and alone." She disappears as they begin to see the connections between their earlier individual actions and the current problem.

The Baker starts to leave the Woods, believing his child is better off with Cinderella than with him. Suddenly, his father, the Mysterious Man, reappears. The Baker says, "I thought you were dead." The Mysterious Man answers "Not completely. Are we ever?" The Baker cries out that the whole situation was caused by the father's invasion of the Witch's garden years before. The Mysterious Man accuses the Baker of running from his own guilt ("No More"). As his father leaves, the Baker realizes he is just like him. He decides to stay and fight alongside the others.

As the Baker, Jack, Little Red Ridinghood and Cinderella plan their attack, a flock of birds whispers to Cinderella that her prince has been unfaithful. She says she doesn't care and enlists their help to kill the Giant. As each perepares to execute the plan, the Prince reappears. Cinderella dismisses him saying, "My father's house was a nightmare. Your house was a dream. Now I want something in between."

Cinderella and the Baker try to reassure Little Red Ridinghood and Jack, who are now orphans trying to make sense of right and wrong ("No One Is Alone").

The Giant is killed and the dead in the community appear as ghosts, joining in a pronouncement of the moral lessons learned from the experience in the woods. The Baker and Cinderella become the responsible adults in a re-constituted family made up of the Baker's child, Little Red Ridinghood and Jack. The ghost of the Baker's Wife encourages him to believe in his power to raise their child without her. The Witch reappears to warn the Baker to be careful of the tales he tells his child ("Children Will Listen").

The final reprise of "Into The Woods" reminds us there will be times when each of us must journey into the woods but that we must mind the future and the past.


The show ends as Cinderella says "I wish ... "



Cast Size: Medium (11 to 20 performers)
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: None

Character Breakdown

An intellectual and pleasant story-teller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience.
Gender: male
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: G2
A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3
The feckless Giant killer who is 'almost a man.' He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed.
Gender: male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Jack's Mother
Browbeating and weary, Jack's protective mother who is independent, bold, and strong-willed.
Gender: female
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: Gb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
The Baker
A harried and insecure baker who is simple and loving, yet protective of his family. He wants his wife to be happy and is willing to do anything to ensure her happiness but refuses to let others fight his battles.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2
The Baker's Wife
Determined and bright woman who wishes to be a mother. She leads a simple, yet satisfying life and is very low-maintenance yet proactive in her endeavors.
Gender: female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Cinderella's Stepmother
The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella.
Gender: female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Florinda And Lucinda
Cinderella's stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother's footsteps of abusing Cinderella.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Ab5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Little Red Ridinghood
A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-wited, fearless, yet youthful and naive.
Gender: female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
The Witch
Sarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive.
Gender: female
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Cinderella's Mother
Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree.
Gender: female
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: E4
Mysterious Man
A mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer.
Gender: male
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: G2
Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 35
Vocal range top: Gb4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Cinderella's Prince
Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Rapunzel's Prince
Just as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exiting endeavor.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: C#3
Voiceover. The Giant's wife is an angry and vengeful 'monster.' She is seeking restitution for her loss.
Gender: female
Age: 40 to 60
Full Song List
Into The Woods: Into The Woods
Into The Woods: Hello, Little Girl
Into The Woods: I Guess This is Goodbye
Into The Woods: Maybe They're Magic
Into The Woods: Our Little World
Into The Woods: I Know Things Now
Into The Woods: A Very Nice Prince
Into The Woods: Giants In the Sky
Into The Woods: Agony
Into The Woods: It Takes Two
Into The Woods: Stay With Me
Into The Woods: On The Steps Of The Palace
Into The Woods: Ever After
Into The Woods: So Happy
Into The Woods: Lament
Into The Woods: Any Moment
Into The Woods: Moment In The Woods
Into The Woods: Your Fault
Into The Woods: The Last Midnight
Into The Woods: No More
Into The Woods: No One is Alone
Into The Woods: Children Will Listen

Show History


Into The Woods draws plot lines and characters from a variety of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim were drawn by the true morals of the main characters of these stories. However, they found that the stories were all very short and, rather than creating an entirely new tale or trying to expand material for just one story, they created the characters of the Baker and his wife. They aimed to make the first act about each character's individual quest, and the second act about the consequences of their actions and coming together as a community. Sondheim also claims that he drew on parts of his troubled childhood, using his parents as the basis for characters like the Baker and Jack's Mother.

Over its history, the script has been tweaked for certain productions. The original San Diego production included a story line about the Three Little Pigs and was eventually cut, but then brought back for the 2002 Broadway revival. The original London production added "Our Little World," a duet between the Witch and Rapunzel, which was included in many subsequent productions. The recent Public Theatre production removed the character of Cinderella's Father.


Into The Woods, with book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, premiered in San Diego, California at the Old Globe Theatre on December 4, 1986. It ran for 50 performances.

The musical later opened on Broadway on November 5, 1987 at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production closed on September 3, 1989 after 765 shows, though most of the original cast reunited for a tenth anniversary benefit performance on November 9, 1997. A national tour ran across the United States from November 1988 to September 1989, with a longer residency at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

The original West End production opened at the Phoenix Theatre on September 25, 1990 and ran for nearly 200 performances. A London revival opened on November 16, 1998, running for only three months.

In the new millennium, the musical has seen a significant amount of revivals: Los Angeles in early 2002 (before moving to the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway), the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in June 2007, and the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre of England in a six-week limited engagement, which performed in an actual forest. This particular production transferred to the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park series in Central Park, New York for a limited run in the summer of 2012.

Throughout the years, the musical has been performed in theaters across the United States (including Puerto Rico), London, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and Singapore.

Cultural Influence

  • Both the original Broadway cast and the 2010 Regent Park production were video recorded. The former was first broadcast on public television before being released on DVD, while the latter was released for public download through Digital Theatre.
  • Walt Disney Pictures released a film adaptation of Into The Woods in December of 2014.

Critical Reaction

"Total enchantment. A spellbounding score, witty enough to make old stories fresh for adults, lovely enough to enchant youngsters." -Daily News

"Bewitching... dazzling... triumphant." - New York Post

"Non-stop pure pleasure. A ravishing explosion of color and melody and magic and laughter." - Time Magazine

"[Sondheim's] lovely score -- poised between melody and dissonance -- is the perfect measure of our tenuous condition. The songs invariably follow the characters' thinking patterns, as they weigh their options and digest their experience. Needless to say, that doesn't make for traditional show-stoppers. But it does make for vivacity of another kind. And Sondheim's lyrics...are brilliant." - The Washington Post

Tony® Award

1988 - Best Choreography, Nominee (Lar Lubovitch)
1988 - Best Direction Of A Musical, Nominee (James Lapine)
1988 - Book Of A Musical, Winner (James Lapin)
1988 - Choreography, Nominee (Lar Lubovitch)
1988 - Best Musical, Nominee (Into the Woods)
1988 - Costume Design, Nominee (Ann Hould-Ward)
1988 - Best Book Of A Musical, Winner (James Lapine)
1988 - Direction Of A Musical, Nominee (James Lapine)
1988 - Best Original Score, Winner (Stephen Sondheim)
1988 - Featured Actor In A Musical, Nominee (Robert Westenberg)
1988 - Best Actress in a Musical, Winner (Joanna Gleason)
1988 - Leading Actress In A Musical, Winner (Joanna Gleason)
1988 - Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Nominee (Robert Westenberg)
1988 - Lighting Design, Nominee (Richard Nelson)
1988 - Best Scenic Design, Nominee (Tony Straiges)
1988 - Musical, Nominee (Heidi Landesman, Rocco Landesman, Rick Steiner, M. Anthony Fisher, Frederic H. Mayerson, Jujamcyn Theatres (producers))
1988 - Best Costume Design, Nominee (Ann Hould-Ward)
1988 - Original Musical Score, Winner (Stephen Sondheim)
1988 - Best Lighting Design, Nominee (Richard Nelson)
1988 - Scenic Design, Nominee (Tony Straiges)
1997 - Best Costume Design, Nominee (Ann Curtis)
2002 - Best Scenic Design, Nominee (Douglas W. Schmidt)
2002 - Best Lighting Design, Winner (Brian MacDevitt)
2002 - Best Lighting Design, Winner (Brian MacDevitt)
2002 - Best Revival Of A Musical, Nominee (Into the Woods )
2002 - Best Choreography, Nominee (John Carrafa)
2002 - Best Director of a Musical, Nominee (James Lapine)
2002 - Best Revival Of A Musical, Nominee (Into the Woods)
2002 - Best Choreography, Nominee (John Carrafa)
2002 - Best Actor in a Musical, Nominee (John McMartin)
2002 - Best Costume Design, Nominee (Susan Hilferty)
2002 - Best Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Vanessa Williams)
2002 - Best Direction Of A Musical, Nominee (James Lapine)
2002 - Best Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Vanessa Williams)
2002 - Best Performance By A Featured Actor In A Musical, Nominee (Gregg Edelman)
2002 - Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Nominee (Greg Edelman)
2002 - Best Performance By A Featured Actress In A Musical, Nominee (Laura Benanti)
2002 - Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Laura Benanti)
2002 - Best Performance By A Leading Actor In A Musical, Nominee (John McMartin)
2002 - Best Scenic Design, Nominee (Douglas W. Schmidt)
2002 - Best Performance By A Leading Actress In A Musical, Nominee (Vanessa Williams)
2002 - Best Costume Design, Nominee (Susan Hilferty)

Drama Desk Award

1988 - Outstanding Music, Nominee (Stephen Sondheim)
1988 - Outstanding Musical, Nominee (Into the Woods)
1988 - Outstanding Musical, Winner ()
1988 - Outstanding Orchestrations, Nominee (Jonathan Tunick)
1988 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Bernadette Peters)
1988 - Outstanding Orchestration, Nominee (Jonathan Tunick)
1988 - Outstanding Set Design, Nominee (Tony Straiges)
1988 - Outstanding Book of a Musical, Winner (James Lapine)
1988 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Bernadette Peters)
1988 - Outstanding Set Design, Nominee (Tony Straiges)
1988 - Outstanding Costume Design, Nominee (Ann Hould-Ward)
1988 - Outstanding Book of a Musical, Winner (James Lapine)
1988 - Outstanding Director Of A Musical, Nominee (James Lapine)
1988 - Outstanding Costume Design, Nominee (Ann Hould-Ward)
1988 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Winner (Robert Westenberg)
1988 - Outstanding Director Of A Musical, Nominee (James Lapine)
1988 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Danielle Ferland)
1988 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Winner (Robert Westenberg)
1988 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Winner (Joanna Gleason)
1988 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Winner (Joanna Gleason)
1988 - Outstanding Lighting Design, Nominee (Richard Nelson)
1988 - Outstanding Lyrics, Winner (Stephen Sondheim)
1988 - Outstanding Lyrics, Winner (Stephen Sondheim)
1988 - Outstanding Music, Nominee (Stephen Sondheim)
2002 - Outstanding Costume Design, Nominee (Susan Hilferty)
2002 - Outstanding Sound Design:, Winner (Dan Moses Schreier )
2002 - Outstanding Sound Design, Winner (Dan Moses Schreier)
2002 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical:, Nominee (Laura Benanti )
2002 - Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Winner (Into The Woods)
2002 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical:, Nominee (Vanessa Williams )
2002 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Vanessa Williams)
2002 - Outstanding Costume Design:, Nominee (Susan Hilferty )
2002 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Laura Benanti)
2002 - Outstanding Director of a Musical:, Nominee (James Lapine )
2002 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Nominee (Greg Edelman)
2002 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical:, Nominee (Gregg Edelman )
2002 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Kerry O'Malley)
2002 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical:, Nominee (Kerry O'Malley )
2002 - Outstanding Director Of A Musical, Nominee (James Lapine)
2002 - Outstanding Revival of a Musical:, Winner ()
2002 - Outstanding Set Design of a Musical, Winner (Douglas W. Schmidt)
2002 - Outstanding Set Design of a Musical:, Winner (Douglas W. Schmidt )

NY Drama Critics Circle Award

1988 - Best Musical, Winner (Into the Woods)

Theatre World Award

1988 - Best Debut Performance, Winner (Danielle Ferland)

Olivier Award

1999 - Best Actress in a Musical, Winner (Sophie Thompson)




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