Johnny's movies

Oppps, he revealed too much!

Posted in Uncategorized by Anna Maria Polidori on June 23, 2014

Sondheim, Into the Woods, and the new statement.



Stephen Sondheim S Sodheim had to be very relaxed that afternoon of two weeks ago with the 17 teachers of the high school during the meeting regarding censorship. He indulged a lot in fact talking about his works, and of course the new Disney‘s production Into the Woods, on theaters this Christmas’ Day 2014, the biggest temptation.

He revealed in fact, maybe too much.

And there are first reactions to the article appeared in The New Yorker.

Today it was released a statement saying that Any moment a song apparently cut, hasn’t been cut at all from the movie version. Stephen Joshua Sondheim in fact anticipated that the sexual intercourse between the Baker’s wife and Prince Charming (Cinderella’s husband) in the movie adaptation had been cut.

Sondheim added in the statement:

An article in The New Yorker misreporting my “Master Class” conversation about censorship in our schools with seventeen teachers from the Academy for Teachers a couple of weeks ago has created some false impressions about my collaboration with the Disney Studio on the film version of Into the Woods. The fact is that James [Lapine, who wrote both the show and the movie] and I worked out every change from stage to screen with the producers and with Rob Marshall, the director. Despite what the New Yorker article may convey, the collaboration was genuinely collaborative and always productive.

When the conversation with the teachers occurred, I had not yet seen a full rough cut of the movie. Coincidentally, I saw it immediately after leaving the meeting and, having now seen it a couple of times, I can happily report that it is not only a faithful adaptation of the show, it is a first-rate movie. And for those who care, as the teachers did, the Prince’s dalliance is still in the movie, and so is “Any Moment.”

Anyway not only the song Any moment had to be cut. Sondheim said Rapunzel does not die in the cinematographical version, while she dies in the show, adding also that Disney in a way had some little perplexities regarding the Wolf/Johnny Depp and Little Red Riding Hood and the sexual innuendo’s song.

The statement doesn’t clarify if these changes will take place or not.

It’s not the first time Sondheim talks with a lot of freedom about sensitive topics revealing too much.


Anna Maria Polidori


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