Magazine article Variety

'I Suggested to Rob, "Why Don't We Throw out the Opening'"

Magazine article Variety

'I Suggested to Rob, "Why Don't We Throw out the Opening'"

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When Disney and director Rob Marshall needed a screenwriter for the movie-musical "Into the Woods," they went straight to the source: James Lapine, the book writer of the Stephen Sondheim stage musical and the director of its 1987 Broadway bow as well as a 2002 revival, cordon cox

Sondheim wrote a new song, but I didn't hear it In the movie.

It was shot, but didn't make the final cut. It was a song Meryl (Streep, who plays the Witch) sang, called "She'll Be Back," after Rapunzel leaves. It just stopped the action and diminished the impact of Meryl's climactic number, "The Last Midnight."

The movie has turned out to be pretty faithful to the stage version.

When we started I suggested to Rob, "Why don't we throw out the opening and try a new number? …

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