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A peak ‘Into the Woods’

Stephen Sondheim’s critically acclaimed production, Into the Woods, is making its way to the big screen this Christmas. Some musical enthusiasts are anticipating the marriage of Disney and Sondheim while others speculate about how the film will compare to the Tony award-winning musical.

Communication, Arts and Media Department Professor and Director of Theatre Courtneay Sanders looks forward to seeing the star-studded cast journey through the Sondheim’s musical maze.

“Sondheim’s songs propel the story further,” said Sanders. “They don’t stop the action of the play so that a character can sing about a moment that the audience just witnessed.  His songs are woven into the framework of the book so if you miss a song, you miss part of the story. It’s so active and complex. It’s about acting the song and not just singing it.”

The film centers on a baker and his wife desperately wanting a child, portrayed by James Corden and Emily Blunt. A witch played by Meryl Streep appears willing to grant this wish if the couple collects four objects in enchanted woods.

Along the way they encounter famous storybook characters found in Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp. The couple must rely on each other to overcome the challenges of the woods in this gripping adventure.

Sondheim has made the necessary plot changes to better suit Disney’s family audiences while also preserving the show’s message.

Into the Woods follows suit of Les Miserables, another hit movie musical that hit theaters December 25, 2012.

If you need a family outing over break be sure to check out Into the Woods this Christmas.

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