Everyone who knows the musical Into the Woods was likely dismayed by the news Stephen Sondheim gave during a master class at NYU—that the song “Any Moment” was being removed altogether, along with a key dalliance between two characters.
Looks like the concern was premature, however. Sigh of relief time.
This statement was issued from Sondheim to Playbill.com, clarifying his comments. After affirming that his work with James Lapine (who is responsible for the show’s book) and film director Rob Marshall was entirely collaborative on the adaptation front, he then went on to say:
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.”
You guys—we get to hear Chris Pine sing “Any Moment.” Everything is wonderful. The world is a beautiful, ambiguous place.
Important to note that Sondheim does not make further comment on the demise of Rapunzel, so it seems likely that her death is still scrapped for the sake of the film. Still, we’re pretty sure this is the bigger victory.
Set pic via Digital Spy.