Into the Words
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.