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  June 22nd, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

There was no way Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of Into the Woods was going to keep every single line, lyric and plot point of Stephen Sondheim’s original musical. And now Sondheim himself has confirmed exactly what we will – or won’t – be seeing. Playbill reports that Sondheim revealed the changes during a chat with a group of high school arts educators. The subject came up after one teacher brought up Into the Woods, expressing concerns that some of its plot points aren’t appropriate material for students to perform. “Well, you’ll be happy to know that Disney had the same objections,” Sondheim replied. For the record, here’s how he stands on the issue of watering down stage productions—in schools and, presumably, other arenas as well: “Censorship is part of our puritanical ethics, and it’s something that [students are] going to have to deal with,” said Sondheim. “There has to be a point at which you don’t compromise anymore, but that may mean that you won’t get anyone to sell your painting or perform your musical.” To read the complete article, please visit Entertainment Weekly. Many thanks to Glenn for the heads-up.

  • Alvaro

    Don’t understand, if Disney didn’t like some aspects of the plot, why buy and release the picture? Yet again a display of corporate censorship + greediness over openness + truth.

  • carlos

    I´ve seen Sweeney Todd and others, Stephen Sodenheim for me is one of the greatest of his gender, so I can´t imagine nothing but an improvement in the script, besides with cast, with all this talent I imagine he could flirt with a number of ideas to make changes. Therefore, I think it would probably be another hit.

  • Sonja

    Color me shocked Disney made major changes of ITW’s plot…. Not.
    It’s more shocking Sondheim has let it all happen, beginning by selling the rights for the musical to this certain studio.
    And he (and his screenwriter) didn’t even drop out the project to protest against it. Sondheim even wrote two new songs.

    But I AM shocked SimplyStreep did neither celebrated Meryl’s nor it’s own birthday with a special posting!
    Or do you only do round years?