One of the big worries about translating Stephen Sondheim’s play from stage to screen was what, if any, songs would be cut. It didn’t make it through unscathed, but there was one song that was cut that wasn’t even in the original musical. There was a beautiful song that Stephen Sondheim wrote for Meryl Streep, unfortunately it slowed the film down just at the moment things were picking up. So it had to go.
The good news is they filmed it and you’ll get to see it on the “Into the Woods” Blu-Ray or, as it turns out, you can get a preview right here.
For a new song, it definitely fits into the overall tone of the movie. Pre-order your Blu-ray combo pack here and it will arrive on March 24.
Plot synopsis below the jump:
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 and 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.