Into the Woods, debuting Christmas Day, is not just a light family musical based on fairy tales, although many will view it that way. The powerful messages in this magical story line have stayed with me since I first saw it on Broadway in the late 80's. The film version is adapted from the brilliant book by James Lapine and features a masterful musical score and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
This is my favorite musical, and that is saying a lot from someone with a life-long love affair with musicals - onstage and onscreen. I can probably sing the scores to at least a dozen of them, a legacy from over a decade of attending drama school growing up in Chicago.