Into the Words

back to So Many Possibilties home page Director of Artistic Development Anika Chapin, Signature artists, and notable Sondheim experts take us “Into The Words” of the genius of Sondheim's songs, analyzing the lyrics and reflecting on performing them.

Song Analysis: “A Very Nice Prince”

Sondheim’s songs are such richly layered character portraits, you can learn volumes about each character in every one. Here’s a good example, from Into the Woods: when Cinderella and the Baker’s Wife first meet in the woods, it might seem like just a charming moment of plot as Cinderella tells a starstruck Baker’s Wife about the Prince’s ball, which we never see. But listen more closely to the music and the lyrics, and you’ll become aware of a lot more; deeper shading is given to each character that foreshadows their actions for the rest of the show.