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Keeping Movie Musical Tradition Alive with ‘Into the Woods’

We attended the screening as a guest of Disney

Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

Twenty-seven years ago the Broadway musical, Into the Woods, debuted on Broadway.The musical is based on the book by James Lapine with musical lyrics by Stephen Sondheim winning several Tony Awards. On Christmas Day, the musical will come to life in a whole new way for families in theaters across the nation.

Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

We had a unique opportunity to screen the film in the historic Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences uses the theater to announce the nominations for the Academy Awards, and it is a rare opportunity to see a film in this theater. When I first walked into the theater, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the giant golden Oscars that stood inside of the theater. After seeing the Oscar statues on television, while the nominations are presented every year, it was an honor to watch the film “Into the Woods,” with the Oscar’s standing on each side of the screen.

Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

Before screening the film, I was concerned about whether the movie would be appropriate for children. While the film is rated PG, the imagery, and the trailers were not clear on the targeted age demographics. I went into the film with an open mind, and after watching the musical masterpiece, I could not wait to bring my children to see “Into the Woods.” There are a couple of scenes where young children might get startled, so I recommend the film for children over the age of 8 years old. I recommend parents to use their discretion because every child is different.

Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

Your children might not recognize the Cinderella in a golden gown vs. a blue gown or a very different witch in Rapunzel. It is because the stories in “Into the Woods” are based off the original Grimm’s Fairytales. Before taking my children to see the film, I purchased the original Grimm’s Fairytales book. I’ve been reading the book to my children every night before we see the film as a family, so the kids can truly appreciate this modern day fairytale without tapping my shoulder during the movie with a million questions of why the stories are different than they have currently seen in recent Disney films.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Walt Disney Company)

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Walt Disney Company)

After the film, the cast got out of their seats and came together on the stage for a Q&A about the movie. There are so many different musicals that could have been made into a film, and the director of the film, Rob Marshall, was asked what sparked his interest with this musical, “I loved the joy of it. I loved how funny it was. I loved how clever it was. I loved how smart it was. I also loved how profound it was,” said Marshall.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Walt Disney Company)

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Walt Disney Company)

“I loved what it said about the parent-child relationship, and what it said about the consequences of wishes. I couldn’t believe that all of that was in one place. It was extraordinary to witness on stage.” Rob Marshall

The thought of the musical coming to life in a film first started in 2011 when Marshall was watching Obama speak to the families of the victims from the 9/11 attacks during the 10th Anniversary, and he said the words, ‘you are not alone.’ “It was a central theme of the piece, and I thought it was a sign in a way,” said Marshall.

Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

“It is an important message for children of today. They live in a difficult unstable, fragile world. I feel like kids today need to hear that they are not alone when they experience things in life. There is someone there for them in the sense of a community.” Rob Marshall.

Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

The film, “Into the Woods,” is a wonderful family film that will bring your family closer together on Christmas Day. Learn more about the film on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

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  1. I loved watching this movie in that theatre! It was an amazing experience and everyone should run to the movies on Christmas Day to watch it!

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