Disney’s ‘INTO THE WOODS’ ventures into production featuring award-winning cast & production team


Film to Feature Songs from the Award-Winning Stage Show, Plus Brand-New Song by Stephen Sondheim

Disney’s “Into the Woods” kicked off production last week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” helms 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—including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation. “Into the Woods” is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall. Shooting in studio and on location throughout England, the film is slated for a December 25, 2014, holiday release. “Into the Woods” is a modern twist on 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, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. The all-star ensemble cast includes:

  • Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “August: Osage County”) portrays the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored.
  • Emily Blunt (“Looper,” “The Young Victoria,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) is the Baker’s Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother.
  • James Corden (Broadway’s “One Man, Two Guvnors,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Gavin & Stacey”) plays the role of the Baker, a hard-working man who desperately wants to start a family.
  • Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect,” “Up in the Air”) fills the shoes of Cinderella, who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery.
  • Chris Pine (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Jack Ryan”) portrays Cinderella’s Prince, charming and impossibly handsome, who is on an endless quest to find his bride.
  • Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “The Lone Ranger,” “Sweeney Todd”) steps in as the Wolf, who sets his sights on Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Lilla Crawford (Broadway’s “Annie”) makes her feature-film debut as Little Red Riding Hood, a smart and spunky girl who journeys into the woods, finding unexpected adventures along the way.
  • Daniel Huttlestone (“Les Misérables”) lands the role of Jack, an absentminded and adventurous boy who trades his treasured cow for five magic beans.
  • Tracey Ullman joins the cast as Jack’s Mother, a poor and exasperated mom who is overwhelmed, yet fiercely protective of her son.
  • Christine Baranski (“Mamma Mia!,” “Chicago” “The Good Wife”) takes on the infamous Stepmother who wishes for riches and grandeur; she’ll do anything to marry off one of her daughters to a prince.
  • MacKenzie Mauzy (“Brother’s Keeper,” Broadway’s “Next to Normal”) plays Rapunzel, a sheltered young woman who experiences the world beyond her tower for the first time.
  • Billy Magnussen (Broadway’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The East”) is the dashing and eager Prince who courts Rapunzel.

Celebrated actors from the stage and screen fill the supporting roles, including Tammy Blanchard (“Blue Jasmine,” “The Good Shepherd”) and Lucy Punch (“Bad Teacher,” “Dinner for Schmucks”) as Cinderella’s spoiled stepsisters, Florinda and Lucinda.
Richard Glover (“Sightseers,” “St. Trinian’s”) is the Princes’ royal steward, Frances de la Tour (“Hugo,” “Alice In Wonderland”) portrays the giant, and Simon Russell Beale (“The Deep Blue Sea”) is the Baker’s father. Actress Joanna Riding (“My Fair Lady,” “Carousel”) portrays Cinderella’s late mother, and Little Red Riding Hood’s beloved granny is played by Annette Crosbie (“Calendar Girls,” “The Slipper and the Rose”).

The big-screen adaptation welcomes songs from the stage musical, including “Children Will Listen,” “Giants in the Sky,” “On the Steps of the Palace,” “No One Is Alone” and “Agony,” among others. Additionally, Sondheim has penned an all-new song for the story’s theatrical debut. The award-winning production team includes Dion Beebe (“Collateral,” “Chicago,” “Nine”), Oscar® winner for the Marshall-helmed “Memoirs of a Geisha,” as director of photography. Dennis Gassner (“Skyfall,” “Quantum of Solace”), who won his own Oscar for “Bugsy,” serves as production designer, and three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Chicago,” “Alice In Wonderland”) is costume designer. “Into the Woods” premiered on Broadway on Nov. 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won Tony® Awards for best score, best book and best actress in a musical. Among other awards, the musical received five Drama Desk awards, including best musical. “Into the Woods” has been produced around the world, including a 1988 U.S. tour, a 1990 West End production, Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a television production, DVD recording and a 10-year-anniversary concert.

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Breaking News: Lilla Crawford joins INTO THE WOODS film as ‘Little Red’; Stephen Sondheim pens new song


Disney’sInto the Woods” kicked off production last week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast – including a surprise addition: ANNIE’s Lilla Crawford as ‘Little Red.’ It was previously reported that YouTube star Sophia Grace had landed the role.

Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” helms 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-including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation. “Into the Woods” is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall. Shooting in studio and on location throughout England, the film is slated for a December 25, 2014, holiday release.

Into the Woods” is a modern twist on 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, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

The all-star ensemble cast includes: Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “August: Osage County”) portrays the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restoredEmily Blunt (“Looper,” “The Young Victoria,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) is the Baker’s Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother; James Corden (Broadway’s “One Man, Two Guvnors,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Gavin & Stacey”) plays the role of the Baker, a hard-working man who desperately wants to start a family; Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect,” “Up in the Air”) fills the shoes of Cinderella, who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery; Chris Pine (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Jack Ryan”) portrays Cinderella’s Prince, charming and impossibly handsome, who is on an endless quest to find his bride; Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “The Lone Ranger,” “Sweeney Todd”) steps in as the Wolf, who sets his sights on Little Red Riding Hood; Lilla Crawford (Broadway’s “Annie”) makes her feature-film debut as Little Red Riding Hood, a smart and spunky girl who journeys into the woods, finding unexpected adventures along the way; Daniel Huttlestone (“LES MISERABLES”) lands the role of Jack, an absentminded and adventurous boy who trades his treasured cow for five magic beans; Tracey Ullman joins the cast as Jack’s Mother, a poor and exasperated mom who is overwhelmed, yet fiercely protective of her son; Christine Baranski (“Mamma Mia!,” “Chicago” “The Good Wife”) takes on the infamous Stepmother who wishes for riches and grandeur; she’ll do anything to marry off one of her daughters to a prince; Mackenzie Mauzy (“Brother’s Keeper,” Broadway’s “Next to Normal”) plays Rapunzel, a sheltered young woman who experiences the world beyond her tower for the first time; Billy Magnussen (Broadway’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The East”) is the dashing and eager Prince who courts Rapunzel.

The award-winning production team includes Dion Beebe (“Collateral,” “Chicago,” “Nine”), Oscar winner for the Marshall-helmed “Memoirs of a Geisha,” as director of photography. Dennis Gassner (“Skyfall,” “Quantum of Solace”), who won his own Oscar for “Bugsy,” serves as production designer, and three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Chicago,” “Alice In Wonderland”) is costume designer.

Into the Woods” premiered on Broadway on Nov. 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won Tony Awards for best score, best book and best actress in a musical. Among other awards, the musical received five Drama Desk awards, including best musical. “Into the Woods” has been produced around the world, including a 1988 U.S. tour, a 1990 West End production, Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a television production, DVD recording and a 10-year-anniversary concert.

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Sophia Grace is little red riding hood in ‘Into the Woods’?!


According to a new post on Twitter, it appears as though the forthcoming feature film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s celebrated fairy tale-themed musical INTO THE WOODS has found its Little Red Riding Hood – none other than internet sensation Sophia Grace.

Lucas Brownlee, Sophia Grace (Brownlee)’s uncle, writes, “Its official, @PrincessSGB (Sophia Grace brownlee) has landed the part of little red riding hood in the disney movie in to the wood,”

He also writes, “Alongside jonny depp, james corden, chris pine and meryl streep amongst others, out on boxing day 2014,”

Check out Lucas Brownlee’s original Tweet here.

Grace now joins an impossibly impressive array of talent in the film from CHICAGO director Rob Marshall, all officially confirmed in this very column on BroadwayWorld last month – among them, Meryl Streep andJohnny Depp and many more.

Of note, no official confirmation has yet been given as to what actor will essay the role of Jack, though young LES MISERABLES lead Daniel Huttlestone is rumored as the front-runner.

Leading INTO THE WOODS will be acclaimed stage and screen superstar Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker’s Wife, Johnny Depp as The Wolf,Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda,Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother and Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother.

INTO THE WOODS is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by original bookwriter James Lapine and is set to premiere in December 2014.

Sondheim’s score for INTO THE WOODS features such cherished gems as “Children Will Listen”, “No One Is Alone” and many more. Sondheim and I discussed the previous attempts at a feature film adaptation of INTO THE WOODS in both of our InDepth InterViews, as well as the themes and specific songs of the musical itself.

A portion of our second InDepth InterView pertaining to INTO THE WOODS follows:

“PC: So many songs in this book seem to deal with the idea of family and parents – “Children Will Listen” from INTO THE WOODS being the foremost example.

SS: That’s the whole idea – that’s the whole show; fairy tales are about the relationship between parents and children. If you look at all the fairy tales, they are all about that – Cinderella; Jack and the Beanstalk; they are all about it – because that’s the way fairy tales were told. You know, they weren’t written down – they were told from generation to generation and, usually, matriarchal. So, often, it’s from the woman’s point of view – because in many of the fairy tales, if not most of them, the fathers are missing and the mothers are left. So, that all has to do with the tradition of fairy tales. The Grimm Brothers just collected a lot of them – as all the other fairy tale collectors did – but, they were all from an oral tradition. So, that’s what accounts for the fact that most of them deal with parents and children.”

Check out the world premiere exclusive INTO THE WOODS film confirmed casting article here.

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE! New confirmed casting for the INTO THE WOODS movie, starring Streep & Depp


Tonight, BroadwayWorld has exclusively learned exciting new information and is thrilled to confirm casting for the major roles in the forthcoming Disney feature film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s adored and adorable fairy tale-themed musical “Into the woods”, directed by Rob Marshall.

A source close to the production has confirmed casting for the majority of the roles now that official casting for the highly anticipated big screen tuner is almost complete, with the big budget production set to start shooting in the UK in a few weeks.

Leading “Into the woods” will be acclaimed stage and screen superstar Meryl Streep as The WitchJames Corden as The BakerEmily Blunt as The Baker’s WifeJohnny Depp as The WolfAnna Kendrick as CinderellaChris Pine as Cinderella’s PrinceBilly Magnussen as Rapunzel’s PrinceMackenzie Mauzy as RapunzelLucy Punch as LucindaTammy Blanchard as FlorindaChristine Baranski as Cinderella’s Mother and Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother.

At this time, the actors in the roles of Jack and Little Red Ridinghood are still unconfirmed.

Streep previously sang onscreen in the 2008 mega-hit “Mamma Mia!” which also incidentally co-starred Christine Baranski. Depp essayed the title role in Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” to much acclaim and an Oscar nomination in 2007.

Into the woods” is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by original bookwriter James Lapine and is set to premiere in December 2014.

The original 1987 production of “Into the woods” starred Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason and Chip Zien, winning multiple Tony Awards including Best Score, Best Book and Best Actress In A Musical. More recently, a Tony Award-winning 2002 Best Revival starred Vanessa Williams, Kerry O’Malley and Stephen DeRosa.

Sondheim’s score for “Into the woods” features such cherished gems as “Children Will Listen“, “No One Is Alone” and many more. Sondheim and I discussed the previous attempts at a feature film adaptation of “Into the woods” in both of our InDepth InterViews, as well as the themes and specific songs of the musical itself.

A portion of our second InDepth InterView pertaining to “Into the woods” follows:

“PC: So many songs in this book seem to deal with the idea of family and parents – “Children Will Listen” from “Into the woods” being the foremost example.

SS: That’s the whole idea – that’s the whole show; fairy tales are about the relationship between parents and children. If you look at all the fairy tales, they are all about that – Cinderella; Jack and the Beanstalk; they are all about it – because that’s the way fairy tales were told. You know, they weren’t written down – they were told from generation to generation and, usually, matriarchal. So, often, it’s from the woman’s point of view – because in many of the fairy tales, if not most of them, the fathers are missing and the mothers are left. So, that all has to do with the tradition of fairy tales. The Grimm Brothers just collected a lot of them – as all the other fairy tale collectors did – but, they were all from an oral tradition. So, that’s what accounts for the fact that most of them deal with parents and children.”

Check out my entire 2011 InDepth InterView: Stephen Sondheim here.

Also, view my 2010 InDepth InterView with Stephen Sondheim in which we discuss additional material written for the oft-proposed film adaptation – specifically the duet “Rainbows” – as well as the impressive original cast for the aborted 1990s film version and much more, available here.

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