Moments in the WoodsAudra McDonald
And here we go, starting off the night with thanks to Stephen Sondheim for making Audra McDonald sing something that is NOT by the Witch in Into the Woods: she singing Moments in the Woods tonight.
If Les Misérables is my first and most obsessive musical fandom, Into the Woods is my favourite musical. Does that make sense?
Any Moment / Moments In The WoodsInto The Woods
“Any Moment / Moments In The Woods” || Into The Woods
Foolishness can happen in the woods —
(Once again, please!)
Let your hesitations be hushed…
Any moment, big or small,
Is a moment, after all;
Seize the moment, skies may fall
moments in the woodsDonald Butchko
“Moments in the Woods” from Into the Woods (1988 National Tour)
music/lyric Stephen Sondheim
performance Mary Gordon Murray
As you may have noticed, I’ve been enjoying an audio from the 1988 National Tour of Into the Woods. My initial interest was in hearing Cleo Laine and Charlotte Rae as The Witch and Jack’s Mother respectively. There were also a few other familiar names: Chuck Wagner (this time as Cinderella’s Prince), Douglas Sills as Rapunzel’s Prince, and Nora Mae Lyng as Cinderella’s Mother/Grandmother/The Giant. To my delight, the cast members I have not heard of are, across the board, excellent, particularly Mary Gordon Murray’s The Baker’s Wife. She apparently had played Gussie the James Lapine Merrily at La Jolla (alongside John Rubenstein, Chip Zien, Heather MacRae and Marin Mazzie)! Don’t you wish YOU were one of the cool kids club that did multiple musicals with James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim (and sometimes William Finn) and in the 80s and early 90s?
(photo from the NYPL Martha Swope collection)