Did you know?
1. Into the Woods garnered three Tony Awards in 1988, beating out Phantom Of The Opera in many crucial categories.
Although Into The Woods lost Best Musical to Phantom that year, it was generally expected that the popular French musical would clean up big time at the Tonys. ITW, to much surprise, walked away with Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical going to Joanna Gleason as The Baker's Wife.
2. The film version is both Chris Pine (The Prince) and Emily Blunt (The Baker's Wife)'s musical debut.
Meryl Streep (as The Witch) starred in Mama Mia!, Johnny Depp (as The Wolf) previously played Sweeney Todd, Anna Kendrick (as Cinderella) hit the high notes in Pitch Perfect, and James Cordon (as The Baker) showed off his pipes in Begin Again.
Meryl Streep in the 2012 movie
3. Many original songs from the Broadway production were cut from the film due to time restraints.
To fit a three-hour, two-act play into a two-hour movie, Disney eschewed "Maybe They're Magic," "Our Little World," "I Guess This Is Goodbye," ""Any Moment (Reprise)," "No More" and "First Midnight."
4. It took 27 years for the film version to be made, and rumor has it they were close to making one in the early 90s.
Can you imagine a production of Into The Woods starring Cher, Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn and Robin Williams? All four stars apparently took place in tables reads in hopes of making a movie, but at the time, it just didn't happen.