Saturday, April 13, 2024

Stephen Sondheim Will Get Double Dose of “Into the Woods” This Winter


Is everyone ready for a lot of “Into the Woods”? The Rob Marshall directed movie is coming at Christmas based on Stephen Sondheim’s famed musical. Marshall has an all star cast, with everyone from Meryl Streep to Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Billy Magnussen, and for some reason, Chris Pine.

At the same time, Roundabout Theater just announced they’re staging “Into the Woods” off Broadway with a mid January opening. That’s unusual. It’s one thing if a movie of an existing show– like “Rock of Ages” or “Mamma Mia” or “Jersey Boys” — is released. But in this case, the new live production could be an awkward overlap with the movie.

This new “Woods” is based on the well reviewed production by the Fiasco company at the McCarter Theater in New Jersey last year. It’s just 10 actors playing many parts, and one instrument– a piano. Sounds like fun. I guess by mid winter we’ll know all the words to this show, once and for all!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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