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The purpose of this site is to translate what we read on the page to what is eventually seen onstage - to provide a musical framework through which the story as a whole can be understood.  I truly believe that the score can and should be used to enrich performance and thus I hope that this site can be valuable to you, the performer.

CHARACTER STUDY

The Intersection of Character and Song

Are you working on a specific role? Would you like to find out what the music can teach you about your character's values? Their goals? Their arc in the show? Come explore our Character Study page!

September 19, 2018

Content dictates form. If we have learned ANYTHING from Stephen Sondheim it is this. Content dictates form. It's a simple idea but crucial. What it means is that the composition of a piece needs to reflect the situation at hand. So while it might be fun to write a comp...

February 3, 2018

From Score to Stage is excited to announce our new collaboration with TheoryWorks! Here at From Score to Stage, we believe that the score is an invaluable resource to the actor, so to provide more background on the concepts discussed here, keep an eye out for new Theor...

July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July, folks! Let's celebrate by taking a look at 1776, one of my favorite musicals about the Founding Fathers! Amazingly, I do have to qualify that statement since 1776 is by no means the most famous musical about Colonial America these days. 1776 pre...

May 17, 2017

Guys, I adore A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder but it KILLS me that the love triangle is never actually resolved.  In the final scene, Monty is released from prison (spoiler alert!) and into the waiting arms of both Sibella and Phoebe.  Monty considers his feelin...

May 17, 2017

When I was in high school, I had the opportunity to meet E. L. Doctorow. The author was leading a discussion about his work, and when asked about Ragtime he began to explain how the novel was born. Apparently, he was sitting in his home in New Rochelle, suffering from...

May 16, 2017

I've always felt that the Witch is one of the more interesting characters in Sondheim's Into the Woods.  Although she is ostensibly the villain of the show, she has these moments of incredible vulnerability (more on that later).  Not to mention, she is actually one of...

May 16, 2017

There are three major musical motives in Into the Woods: the wish, the beans, and the fanfare.  All three play a significant role in the narrative with the result that by the end of the show, practically every character has incorporated all three into his or her musica...

May 12, 2017

Before we jump straight in with an analysis of Cinderella's musical language in Sondheim's Into the Woods, we need to make sure we're all on the same page when it comes to the score itself.  If you haven't already, I highly recommend taking a look at my full score anal...

May 12, 2017

The Baker’s Wife from Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods is one of the most emotionally and morally complex characters in the musical theatre canon.  It would be wise for any actor attempting the role to study the score, for a better understanding of her distinct musica...

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