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Into the Woods: I wish...

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I grew up with musicals, but I didn't grow up with Into the Woods. I came upon it later, a few years into my study on fairytales, which may have been a better time to get into it anyway. The musical is right up my alley, deconstructing the modern connotations we have with fairytales, their characters, and their happily-ever-afters. I love fairytales, I love reading them and I enjoy them at face value, but I also love tearing them apart, thinking about what they mean both to me and to the audience in general, what the author(s) meant and what these stories reveal about the cultures and the tellers of these tales. Fairytale deconstructions have become more and more popular: re-tellings from the points of view of villainesses, feminist authors re-telling old stories showcasing the edits made by male authors in the last few centuries, even Disney making sequels to their fairytale movies in order to either continue the story, expand on it, or flesh out antagonists.

I was excited when …