So it’s all reporters‘ fault.
Stephen Sondheim has released a statement after a loud Internet backlash earlier this week. Earlier, Sondheim spoke about changes in the upcoming Disney film version of Sondheim’s classic musical Into the Woods. The Musical Theater corner of the Internet was up in arms after reporters quoted Sondheim as saying Disney had cut the number “Any Moment,” toned down the sexual innuendo with The Wolf (Johnny Depp), and explained Repunzel wouldn’t die, among other changes that seemed to suggest that the all-star movie version would be taking out anything that wasn’t family-friendly and thereby ruining what made the original Broadway version so great.
Now, Sondheim has released a statement via Playbill saying he was misquoted and that fans of the musical shouldn’t be concerned about Disney coming in and taking a wrecking ball to the adult tale.
This statement is encouraging in providing some assurance that, at the very least, “Any Moment” and the affair between the Prince and the Baker’s Wife will at least be alluded to. (But Sondheim remained mum on the other changes.) Regardless of what Sondheim said, fans’ fears likely won’t be assuaged until the film hits theaters Dec. 25 and hopefully shows that the darker elements that made the musical such a hit remain at least somewhat intact.
Remember: Nice is different than good. (Man, all the lyrics of this show work so well when writing up controversies.)