A one-hour musical television special, “Encore!,” will premiere on ABC on Sunday, Dec. 10th (10:00/9C). Kristen Bell, reunites the cast of a high school musical and asks them to perform it again twenty years later. Each former student reprises their role from their original production of Stephen Sondheim and James LaPine’s Tony-winning musical, “Into the Woods” under the tutelage of Broadway directors, choreographers and voice coaches.
Although Disney’s Into The Woods is doing well in theaters, it was considered to be a risky move – taking a three-hour hit Broadway musical and turning it into a two-hour movie. Plus, there was the fact that Into The Woods is not the lightest exploration of fairy tales.
On the plus side, director Rob Marshall was an old hand at adapting Broadway hits into movie form – his Chicago nabbed a few Oscars® – and the screenplay for Into The Woods was adapted by James Lapine, who, with Stephen Sondheim, created the original musical.
So, what did it take to take Into The Woods from stage to screen? Follow the jump to check out a video dealing with that very topic.
Into The Woods takes four classic fairy tales – Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel – and looks at what happens after their happily ever after endings. There have been several films in recent memory that have tackled this idea, but when Into The Woods debuted, it was a radical new idea. It’s still the best take on the idea.
One of the highlights of Into The Woods is the moment that Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) realises that the Prince is pretty smart.
Follow the jump to hear her sing On the Steps of the Palace. Into The Woods opens on Christmas Day.
Disney has released the poster for its adaptation of the James Lapine-Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods – and it’s certainly darker than I was expecting. I like it.
Check it out after the jump. Into The Woods premieres on December 25th.
INTO THE WOODS opens in theatres December 25, 2014!
When Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s dark Broadway take on fairytales, Into The Woods, was optioned by Disney, there was a lot of fear that it would wind up being Disnified – so much so that Sondheim had to go on record as saying that that just wasn’t so.
Now the first teaser trailer for the film has been released and it looks a couple shades darker than the usual Disney version. Check it out after the jump.
Stephen Sondheim is the genius behind such Broadway musicals as Sweeny Todd and Sunday in the Park with George. His works have performed onstage by the likes of Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters, Many Patinkin and Audra McDonald.
On Monday, December 9th, HBO will present an extensive profile of Sondheim structured around six of his most iconic songs – Six by Sondheim. Told primarily in Sondheim’s own words, Six by Sondheim will feature both re-stagings and archival performances of Sondheim standards by Merman, Peters, Patinkin, McDonald and others (including Darren Criss and America Ferrera) – and cover his six decade career. Check out the press release, after the jump, for further details.