Sondheimas 2k16: "It Takes Two" with Nikka Graff Lanzarone and George Abud
My rehearsal with Nikka and George for this year's Sondheimas was one of the zaniest rehearsals I've been a part of. The two of them have a ridiculous amount of chemistry together, and I regret that we can only see a smidge of that in their banter at the beginning of this video. But throughout the rest of the song - well, they're both delightfully charming and goofy and full of that joie de vivre that makes this a special performance.
"It Takes Two" starts with a simple bell-tone; in Into the Woods it comes out of the middle of dialogue, so an introduction isn't really necessary. When thinking about how to start the piece, I remembered Nikka's tagline: "Just your average Baker's Wife trapped in a Witch's body" (Nikka, I'm sorry if I got the wording wrong!). So it only made sense to start the song with the music that is heard before the Witch's rap, teasing the audience a bit, giving a nod to Nikka's bio, and giving (not enough) time for Nikka and George to work the crowd before singing.
Most printed versions of this song go between 12/8 and 4/4 time (the 4/4 time being slightly swung). The revised score has it all in 4/4, which is what I prefer, but of course my arrangement is in 12/8. I'll fix it for next time.
I'm not sure if we need another production of Into the Woods quite yet, but when we are ready for it, I hope we get to see Nikka and George in the roles of the Baker's Wife and the Baker.