Disney is sticking to its theater vibe announcing that its new musical, Into the Woods, will be released this year on Christmas. Rob Marshal of Chicago (2002) turns the racy Broadway play into a family comedy, which is a necessary evil and will do little to alter the magic of the story. Despite a few changes to the plot, an all-star cast will be belting out in this fairy tale adventure on December 25, 2014.
Into the Woods is a Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim, and a book written by James Lapine. It first debuted in 1986, before premiering on Broadway a year later on November 5, 1987. After a 1988 US national tour, it received a 1990 London West End production. Since then the musical has had many productions, including a 1997 anniversary concert, a Broadway revival in 2002 and 2010 London revival. The play has won several Tony awards including Best Score and Best Book.
The story line combines a number of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, using characters from Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood. When a baker and his wife (played by James Corden and Emily Blunt) find out they have been cursed sterile by a witch (Meryl Streep), they go Into the Woods to gather the items needed break the spell and have the child they always wanted. They must con Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) to get her slipper as pure as gold, trick Little Red Riding Hood (Played by Lilla Crawford of Annie) for her cape as red as blood, cut Rupunzel’s (Mackenzie Mauzy) hair as yellow as corn, and get Jack’s (Daniel Nuttlestone of Les Miserable) cow as white as milk. Their quest triggers an attack from a disastrous giant played by Frances de la Tour, and the group has to team up in order to stop her. Other stars included in the film will be Johnny Depp as the wolf, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, and Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother.
Into the Woods is a daring play, incorporating scandalous sex scenes and killing off characters. Fans will not be seeing any of this in the movie. Naturally, Disney must PG every story they buy, and Into the Woods is no different. This will cause major changes to the plot, and even drop a couple popular songs from the score, but will do little to alter box office sales this Christmas. It is for the best that younger viewers do not see the Baker’s Wife commit adultery or Johnny Depp creeping on a girl four times his age, and the film promises to be a comedy none the less.
The cast will come together, turning the legendary fairy tales into goofy and cockeyed characters on the same twisted path. Several of the actors casted are known for their pipes and fans are excited to see the next Disney movie you can sing along to since the success of Frozen (2013). Into the Woods will be coming to theaters this Christmas for the whole family to enjoy.
By Morgan Louchen