Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” – About as Good as a Filmed Musical Gets [Berkshire on Stage]

Meryl Streep as The Witch
Meryl Streep as The Witch

By Larry Murray

Already nominated for awards and the most anticipated musical of the year for theater lovers – Into the Woods has been nominated in several categories, featuring Best Picture – Comedy Or Musical, Best Actress (Emily Blunt) – Comedy Or Musical and Best Supporting Actress – Comedy Or Musical (Meryl Streep).

Sadly on Christmas Day as fans of this musical headed for their local cinemas, it was being screening only at the Beacon in Pittsfield. One of the most anticipated films of the year is not at the Berkshire Mall, the Triplex or the North Adams Multiplex. The good films get passed by too often around here.

Because Disney is great at both musicals and fairy tales – and Meryl Streep at everything she does – I am willing to bet that the new film of Into the Woods which opened Christmas Day will surely be in the running for an Academy Award as the best picture of 2014.

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