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How Lapine and Marshall Turned Sondheim's 'Into the Woods' Into a Movie Musical (Exclusive Video)

How Lapine and Marshall Turned Sondheim's 'Into the Woods' Into a Movie Musical (Exclusive Video)

How do you turn a 1987 Stephen Sondheim classic into a movie musical? Original book writer James Lapine ("Six by Sondheim") and director Rob Marshall (Oscar-winning "Chicago") put together a close adaptation, with help from Sondheim on trimming and reworking the songs. The composer even wrote a new one for the Witch to sing which they filmed, but they took it out when it ruined the rhythm of the movie. Marshall got a reasonable $50-million budget from Disney and cast a talented ensemble of movie stars with theater backgrounds as various fairy tale characters, led by a tunefully emotional Streep as the Witch, Emily Blunt as the Baker's Wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella (who auditioned as a child for Lapine for Little Red Riding Hood), and Chris Pine as Prince Charming. He's hilarious ripping his short off in his show-stopper "Agony," and the the rest of the cast is funny too,

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