Into the (Shakespearean) Woods, part 3

Today's comic concludes my cheerfully inept and haphazard Shakespeare/Sondheim Into the Woods parody (see part 1 and part 2). I've had a great time doing it and nobody has complained vociferously about it, so I might sneak in a couple more Musical Shakespeare parodies in the future.

Rosalind's song is based on On the Steps of the Palace, while Helena and her suitor's are singing a version of Any Moment.

The witches are singing Children Will Listen, and the final chorus is pretty much a re-hash of the opening chorus. This concludes my foray into Shakespeare/Sondheim crossovers! I hope you've enjoyed it.

I'm going to be taking the next two weeks off, in order to enjoy the holidays and get caught up on some long-overdue Tickle Brain projects. I hope to have comics up on Christmas and New Year's, and will probably be posting random stuff on Tumblr and Twitter (including my ongoing Shakespearean Advent entries) but will not resume regular comic updates until the new year. The very best holiday wishes to all of you!

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Into the (Shakespearean) Woods, part 2

Today I am unapologetically continuing my totally illogical and poorly-thought-out Shakespeare/Sondheim Into the Woods parody mash-up (begun in Monday's comic).

For those of you not familiar with Into the Woods, the first song is "Hello Little Girl" and the second is "Agony". Tune in again on Friday for one final Into the (Shakespearean) Woods comic, in which I will totally fail to neatly wrap up all the disparate plot lines. 

Into the (Shakespearean) Woods, part 1

As you've probably figured out by now, I love Shakespeare. I think Shakespeare's plays are super-fun. However, they are by no means the be-all and end-all (if I may borrow that phrase) of theatre. My many other theatrical loves include the musicals of Stephen Sondheim. I have thus spent a lot of time recently in sweet anticipation of the upcoming film adaptation of Sondheim's Into the Woods, a musical which emotionally traumatized me when I first saw it at the age of seven, but which I have since come to love. 

So, this week I am presenting a mash-up of Into the Woods and some of the many Shakespeare plays that involve people running... into the woods. I have no idea how this is going to turn out, so I apologize in advance if it's terrible. 

If you're not familiar with Into the Woods, I highly recommend watching the 1990 film of the original Broadway production, starring Bernadette Peters. You can hear the original inspiration behind today's comic's lyrics here

In other news, the seventh issue of The Weekly Tickle Brain e-mail newsletter is going out today! This week's issue features more of my Tumblr advent shenanigans and a seasonal recommendation for the world's best Shakespeare-themed holiday movie. If you haven't signed up yet, now's your chance! (Which is not to suggest that you'll never be able to sign up again, or anything...)

Shakespearean Emoting

It's been a bit busy around the Good Tickle Brain headquarters lately, so I humbly offer up the following as some Friday Filler:

Low-tech Elizabethan emojis. 

See you next week! I'm working on some Shakespearean Sondheim...

Decisive Lady Anne

One of the great scenes in Richard III is Richard's wooing of Lady Anne. She hates his guts, which is pretty reasonable when you consider that he and his family was responsible for the deaths of her father, husband, and father-in-law, among others. But that doesn't stop Richard. Ooooh no. Nothing stops Richard. He does this:

Which is all very well and good, but I keep waiting for Lady Anne to do this:

Come on, Lady Anne. Get your act together.

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Shakespearean Character Spotlight: the Cream-Faced Loon

Today's Shakespearean Character Spotlight is one of my favorite bit-parts in the canon. 

I've previously said that the role I would most like to play is Margaret of Anjou, but in all honesty I think it might be the cream-faced loon. I mean, let's be honest, I'm not nearly a good enough actor to do justice to Margaret, but I might just be able to handle the cream-faced loon. Plus, as a Gosling, I already have the goose look.

Have a great weekend! If you want some holiday cheer, check out my Shakespeare Advent Event posts on Tumblr.