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Prologue
by Into the Woods

Narrator
Once upon a time
Cinderella
I wish

Narrator
In a far-off kingdom
Cinderella
More than anything

Narrator
Lived a fair maiden,

Cinderella
More than jewels

Narrator
A sad young lad

Jack
I wish

Narrator
And a childless baker

Jack
More than life

Cinderella & Baker
I wish

Narrator
With his wife.

Jack
More than anything

Cinderella, Baker & Jack
More than the moon

Baker's Wife
I wish

Cinderella
The King is giving a Festival.

Baker & Wife
More than life

Jack
I wish

Cinderella
I wish to go to the Festival.

Baker & Wife
More than riches

Jack
I wish my cow would
Give us some milk.

Baker's Wife
More than anything

Cinderella
And the Ball

Jack
Please, pal-

Baker
I wish we had a child.

Baker's Wife
I want a child

Cinderella
I wish to go to the Festival

Jack
Squeeze, pal

Jack
I wish you'd give us some
Milk or even cheese
I wish

Baker & Wife
I wish we might have a child.
I wish

Cinderella
I wish

Stepmother
You wish to go to the Festival?

Narrator
The poor girl's mother had died

Stepmother
You, Cinderella, the Festival?
You wish to go to the Festival?

Florinda
What, you, Cinderella, the Festival?
The Festival?!

Lucinda
What, you wish to go to the Festival?

All Three
The Festival?
The King's Festival?

Narrator
And her father had taken for his new wife

Stepmother
The Festival

Narrator
A woman with two daughters of her own.

Florinda
Look at you nails!

Lucinda
Look at your dress!

Stepmother
People would laugh at you-

Cinderella
Nevertheless,
I still want to go to the Festival
And dance before the Prince.

Stepmother & Stepsisters
She still wants to go to the Festival
And dance before the Prince?!


Narrator
All three were beautiful of face, but vile and balck of heart.
Jack, on the other hand, had no father, and his mother-

Jack's Mother
I wish


Narrator
Well, she was not quite beautiful-

Jack's Mother
I wish my son were not a fool.
I wish my house was not a mess.
I wish the cow was full of milk.
I wish the house was full of gold-
I wish a lot of things

Baker's Wife
Why, come in, little girl.

Little Red Riding Hood
I wish

It's not for me,
It's for my Granny in the woods.
A loaf of bread, please-
To bring my poor old hungry
Granny in the woods

Just a loaf of bread, please


Narrator
Cinderella's Stepmother had a surprise for her.

Stepmother
I have emptied a pot of lentils into the ashes for you.
If you have picked them out again in two hours' time,
You shall go to the ball with us.

Little Red Riding Hood
And perhaps a sticky bun?
Or four?

Cinderella
Birds in the sky,
Birds in the eaves,
I the leaves,
In the fields,
In the castles and ponds

Little Red Riding Hood
And a few of those pies please

Cinderella
Come, little birds,
Down from the eaves
And the leaves,
Over fields,
Out of castles and ponds

Jack
No, squeeze, pal

Cinderella
Ahhh
Quick, little birds,
Flick through the ashes.
Pick and peck, but swiftly,
Sift through the ashes,
Into the pot

Jack's Mother
Listen well, son. Milky-White must be taken to market.

Jack
But, mother, no- he's the best cow-

Jack's Mother
Look at her.

There are bugs on her dugs.
There are flies in her eyes.
There's a lump on her rump
Big enough to be a hump-

Jack
But-

Jack's Mother
Son,
We've no time to sit and dither,
While her wither's wither with her-
And no one keeps a cow for a friend!

Sometimes I fear your touched.

Little Red Riding Hood
Into the woods,
It's time to go,
I hate to leave,
I have to, though.
Into the woods-
It's time, and so
I must begin my journey.

Into the woods
And through the trees
To where I am
Expected ma'am,
Into the woods
To Grandmother's house-

Into the woods
To Grandmother's house-

Baker's Wife
You're certain of your way?

Little Red Riding Hood
The way is clear,
The light is good,
I have no fear,
Nor no one should.
The woods are just trees,
The trees are just wood.
I sort of hate to ask it,
But do you have a basket?

Into the woods
And down the dell,
The path is straight,
I know it well.
Into the woods,
And who can tell
What's waiting on the journey?

Into the woods
To bring some bread
To Granny who
Is sick in bed.
Never can tell
What lies ahead.
For all that I know,
She's already dead.

But into the woods,
Into the woods,
Into the woods
To Grandmother's house
And home before dark.

Cinderella
Fly, birds,
Back to the sky,
Back to the eaves
And the leaves
And the fields
And the-

Florinda
Hurry up and do my hair, Cinderella!

Are you really wearing that?

Lucinda
Here, I found a little tear, Cinderella.

Can't you hide it with a hat?

Cinderella
You look beautiful.

Florinda
I know.

Lucinda
She means me.

Florinda
Put ut in a twist.

Lucinda
Who will be there?

Cinderella
Mother said be good,
Father siad be nice,
That was always their advice.
So be nice, Cinderella,
Good, Cinderella,
Nice good good nice-

Florinda
Tighter!

Cinderella
What's the good of being good
If everyone is blind
And you're always left behind?
Never mind, Cinderella,
Kind Cinderella-
Nice good nice kind good nice-

Florinda
Not that tight!

Cinderella
Sorry.

Florinda
Clod.

Baker's Wife
Who minght that be?

Baker
It's the witch from next door.


Narrator
The old enchantress told the couple she had
Placed a spell on their house.

Baker
What spell?

Witch
In the past, when your mother was with child, she developed
An unusual appetite. SHe took one look at my beautiful garden
And told your father that what she wanted more than
Anything in the world was

Greens, greens and nothing but greens:
Parsley, peppers, cabbages and celery,
Asparagus and watercress and
Fiddleferns and lettuce!

He said, "All right,"
But it wasn't, quite,
'Cause I caught him in the autumn
In my garden one night!

He was robbing me,
Raping me,
Rooting through my rutabaga,
Raiding my arugula and
Ripping up my rampion
(My champion! My favorite!)-
I should have laid a spell on him
Right there,
Could have changed him into stone
Or a dog or a chair

But I let him have the rampion-
I'd lots to spare.
In return, however,
I said, "Fair is fair:
You can let me have the baby
That your wife will bear.

And we'll call it square."

Baker
I had a brother?

Witch
No. But you had a sisiter.

Narrator
But the witch refused to tell him anymore of his sister.
Not even that her name was Rapunzel.

Witch
I though I had been more than reasonable.
But how was I to know what your father
Had also hidden in his pocket?!

Baker
What?

Witch
Beans.

Baker & Wife
Beans?

Witch
The special beans.

I let him go,
I didn't know
He'd stolen my beans!

I was watching him crawl,
Back over the wall!
Then bang! Crash!
And the lightning flash!
And- well, that's another story,
Never mind-
Anyway, at last
The big day came,
And I made my claim.
"Oh, don't take away the baby,"
They shrieked and screeched,
But I did,
And I hid her
Where she'll never be reached.

And your father cried,
And your mother died
When for extra measure-
I admit it was a pleasure-
I said, "Sorry,
I'm still not mollified."

And I laid little spell on them-
You, too, son-
That your family tree
Would always be a barren one

So there's no more fuss
And there's no more scenes
And my garden thrives-
You should see my nectarines!
But I'm tellling you the same
I tell kings and queens:
Don't ever never ever
Mess around with my greens!
Especially the beans.

Jack's Mother
Now closely to me, Jack. Lead Milky-White to market and
Fetch the best price you can. Are you listening to me?

Jack Jack Jack,
Head in a sack,
The house is getting colder,
This is not the time for dreaming.

Chimney stack
Starting to crack,
The mice are getting bolder,
The floor's gone slack,
Your mother's getting older,
Your father's not back,
And you can't just sit here dreaming pretty dreams.

To wish and wait
From day to day
Will never keep
The wolves away.

So into the woods
The time is now.
We have to live,
I don't care how.
Into the woods
To sell the cow,
You must begin the journey.
Straight to the woods
And don't delay-
You have to face
The marketplace.
Into the woods to journey's end-

Jack
Into the woods to sell a friend-

Narrator
Meanwhile, the Witch, for purposes of her own,
Explained how the Baker might lift the spell;

Witch
You wish to have
The curse reversed?
I'll need a certain
Potion first.
Go to the woods and bring me back
One: the cow as white as milk,
Two: the cape as red as blood,
Three: the hair as yellow as corn,
Four: the slipper as pure as gold.

Bring me these
Before the chime
Of midnight,
In three day's time,
And you shall have,
I guarantee,
A child as perfect
As child can be.

Go to the wood!

Stepmother
Ladies.
Our carriage waits.

Cinderella
Now may I go to the Festival?

Stepmother
The Festival!
Darling, those nails!
Darling, those clothes!
Lentils are one thing but
Darling, with those,
You'd make us the fools of the Festival
And mortify the Prince!

Cinderella's Father
Our carriage is waiting.

Stepmother
We must be gone.

Cinderella
Good night, Father.
I wish

Baker
Look what I found in father's hunting jacket.

Baker's Wife
Six beans. We'll take them with us.

Baker
No!

The spell is on my house.
Only I can lift the spell,
The spell is on my house.

Baker's Wife
No, no, the spell is on our house.
We must lift the spel.

Baker
No. You are not to come and that is final.
Now what am I to return with?

Baker's Wife
You don't remember?

The cow as white as milk,
The cape as red as blood,
The hair as yellow as corn,
The slipper as pure as gold-

Baker
The cow as white as milk,
The cape as red as blood,
The hair as yellow as corn,
The slipper as pure as gold


Narrator
And so the Baker, reluctantly, set off to meet the
Enchantress' demands.
As for Cinderella:

Cinderella
I still wish to go to the Festival,
But how am I ever to get to the Festival?

Baker
The cow as white as milk,
The cape as red as blood,
The hair as yellow as corn-

Cinderella
I know!
I'll visit Mother's grave,
The grave at the hazel tree,
And tell her I just want to
Go to the King's Festival

Baker
The slipper as pure as gold
The cow, the cape,
The slipper as pure as gold-

Baker's Wife
The hair!

Cinderella & Baker
Into the woods,
It's time to go,
It may be all
In vain, you/I know.
Into the woods-
But even so,
I have to take the journey.

Cinderella, Baker & Wife
Into the woods,
The path is straight,
You know it well,
But who can tell-


Baker & Wife
Into the woods to lift the spell-

Cinderella
Into the woods to visit Mother-

Baker's Wife
Into the woods to fetch the things-

Baker
To make the potion-

Cinderella
To got to the Festival-

Cinderella, Jack, Jack's Mother, Baker, Wife
Into the woods
Without regret,
The choice is made,
The task is set.
Into the woods,
But not forget-
Ting why I'm on the journey.
(Little Red Riding hood Joins)
Into the woods
To get my wish,
I don't care how,
The time is now.

Jack's Mother
Into the woods to sell the cow-

Jack
Into the woods to get the money-

Baker's Wife
Into the woods to lift the spell-

Baker
To make the potion-

Cinderella
To go to the Festival-

Little Red Riding Hood
Into the woods to Grandmother's house
Into the woods to Grandmother's house

All
The way is clear,
The light is good,
I have no fear,
No no one should.
The woods are just trees,
The trees are just wood.
No need to be afraid there-

Cinderella & Baker
There's something in the glade there

All
Into the woods,
Without delay,
But careful no
To lose the way.
Into the woods,
Who knows what may
Be lurking on the journey?

Into the woods
To get the thing
That makes it worth
The lourneying.
Into the owwds-

Stepmother & Stepsisters
To see the King-

Jack & Mother
To sell the cow-

Baker & Wife
To make the potion-

All
To see-
To sell-
To get-
To bring-
To make-
To lift-
To go to the Festival!

Into the woods!
Into the woods!
Into the woods,
Then out of the woods,
And home before dark!

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