The first 4 songs in this playlist are from the musical Into the Woods (music by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine). It combines many different characters from different fairytales into one massive, interwoven story. The four songs I have chosen center around Cinderella’s character – do you think it’s realistic character development (Steps of the Palace, No One Is Alone)? plot development (Cinderella at the Grave, A Very Nice Prince)?
Note: The important Cinderella-character part stops after 1:29; she is talking to the baker’s wife that she meets in the woods on her way home from the ball.
The final 3 songs are from a musical called The Apple Tree (music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, book by both) and has three one-acts within it. The last act is entitled “Passionella.” It takes the Cinderella story and turns it into a modern tale about a chimney sweep named Ella who longs to be a movie star. She is miraculously transformed one night when watching late night TV and goes on a whirlwind adventure where she meets hr own prince charming in the form of a popular actor. Think about the character and theme development. How does the theme differ (you can go based off assumptions from the three songs, since I haven’t included the whole score)?
Feel free to look into the rest of the score for further detail or ask questions if you’re confused.