Into the Woods won’t be entrancing moviegoers until late 2014, but news about the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s fairytale musical has been steadily emerging. After paparazzi photos of Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick hit the Web earlier this week, now comes official photos of Meryl Streep as the Witch, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Rob Marshall, who made musical-movie magic with Chicago is directing the Into the Woods adaptation, which bodes well. We’d hate for Hollywood to suffer the wrath of Sondheim.
Speaking of Sondheim, Neil Patrick Harris has starred in several of the masters’ greatest shows, including Company and Assassins. But when it comes time to play music for his toddlers, he and hubby David Burtka are more about the Happiest Place on Earth than Sweeney Todd (go figure.)
NPH told Vanity Fair that they play Reedy Creek Radio, devoted to music from Disney theme parks, for little Gideon and Harper. And not just “It’s a Small World”—but the music you hear in line for Haunted Mansion. That’s some serious devotion! Is Neil bucking to be cast in the next live-adaptation of a Disney cartoon classic? He’d be aces in Snow White: The Musical.
And while Sondheim’s 1981 musical Merrily We Roll Along isn’t coming back to the Great White Way, it is coming to a theater near you: On October 23, NCM Fathom Events is screening a performance from the show’s current West End run at cinemas nationwide, including New York’s famed Ziegfeld Theater.
From press notes:
Starting in 1980 and traveling backwards in time, this powerful and moving story – an emotionally charged journey through the lives of three friends – features some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs including “Good Thing Going,” “Not a Day Goes By” and “Old Friends.” Triple Oliver Award-winner Maria Friedman makes a thrilling directorial debut with this vibrant, full-scale production with an exceptional cast led by Mark Umbers, Jenna Russell and Damian Humbley.
Sondheim himself called Friedman’s staging ”as close to perfection as a production can get,” which is saying a lot coming from him.
And lastly, Sondheim Muse Bernadette Peters has been cast in the musical master’s upcoming jazz project with Wynton Marsalis, A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair, coming to New York City Center in November. Co-starring along with Peters, who most recently appeared in the Broadway revival of Follies, are Cyrille Aimée, Meg Gillentine and Tyler Hanes. The show will feature Marsalis’ re-imaginings of more than two dozen beloved Sondheim compositions.
To quote Ru, Wynton, don’t fuck it up.