Bewitching ‘Into the Woods’ is this century’s best musical

December 24, 2014 1:22 PM

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Stephen Sondheim’s stage classic “Into the Woods,’’ a dark and subversive musical take on fairy tales, not only survives but triumphs in the composer’s most unlikely collaboration with Disney.

Its hard edges slightly sanded by the screenwriter and Sondheim’s original collaborator, James Lapine, Rob Marshall’s beautiful film is still nowhere near as family-friendly as the PG rating, the Mouse House imprimatur and the Christmas Day release might suggest.

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