Into the Woods presents several famous fairy tales weaved into one: Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel all make an appearance in the story of a baker and his wife who try to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child.
I've had my eye on Rob Marshall's upcoming movie musical since the first major casting announcements revealed that Meryl Streep would play the wicked witch, Anna Kendrick would be Cinderella, and Johnny Depp's would appear as the wolf. What could be better?
Unfortunately for anyone familiar with the Broadway show, however, some slightly disappointing news is on our Disney radar today. Legendary composer of the original Into the Woods stage musical Stephen Sondheim has been speaking to The New Yorker and, simultaneously, been crushing our collective Disney dreams.
Read this excerpt from his interview and just try to sing "thisisridiculouswhatamidoinghereiminthewrongstoooooooory" without shedding a tear:
A teacher asked what would happen to the song "Any Moment" if the baker's wife remained chaste. "Don't say the song is cut."
"The song is cut."
The teachers cried out in despair.
THE BEST SONG.
Hmm. Despair is being felt from over here, too. Is Sondheim basically now the Lucas of musical theater? I'm disappointed about the song, but this movie is still very much on my "Oscar-bait" list...