One time, back when I was in gradeschool, we were packed into a bus and herded off to a local highschool to see a play called Into The Woods. The parts that were odd, the parts that stick out in my memory, is first the fact that I was in grade 7 or 8 at the time and the play was about fairytale characters, and secondly that we only stayed for the first half of the play and had to leave at intermission. I remember quickly getting over my initial disappointment at being forced to watch a play for little kids, one with fairy tale characters like Cinderella and Rapunzel in it, and being drawn into the story and the songs, those glorious songs, and I also remember being really disappointed that “due to time constraints” we had to leave after the first half ended.
And now Disney is turning this much loved musical into a film. At first I was simply intrigued, interested because here is a musical I like being turned into a big budget film. What converted me to rabid fangirl type interest was seeing this clip where Meryl Streep sings “Stay with Me”.
I simply can not wait to see this film. The soundtrack, which comes out before Christmas, is the only thing on my wish list this year. And I’ve already informed my husband, and anyone else who will listen, that I am going to see it as soon as it hits theatres on the 25th.
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theatres Dec. 25, 2014.
And down the dell,
The path is straight,
I know it well.
Into the woods,
And who can tell
What’s waiting on the journey?