March 18, 2015

Hey, It's an "Into the Woods" DVD Giveaway

People love Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical that interweaves four familiar fairytales into a larger fable about desire, dreams and the tangled bonds between parents and children. And that love was never more evident than in the response to Rob Marshall’s film version, which opened on Christmas Day.

Stories about the film and its all-star cast (Chris Pine! Anna Kendrick! James Corden! Emily Blunt! Meryl Streep!!) poured out, including one that I wrote for Playbill (click here to read it). 

Meanwhile, fans, once reassured that James Lapine’s adaptation for the screen had preserved much of the dark tone he’d originally created in his book for the musical, poured out to see the movie, eventually buying up $127 million in tickets.

You, like me, probably handed over some of those dollars and so that’s why I’m particularly pleased about my latest giveaway: a copy of the Blu-ray version of the movie that is coming out next Tuesday, March 24, just two days after Sondheim’s 85th birthday.

In addition to a high definition version of the film and commentary by Marshall, the package includes four behind-the-scenes featurettes, five Easter eggs and the special bonus of Streep’s performance of “She’ll Be Back,” an original song that Sondheim wrote for her but that got cut from the film (click here for a sneak peek at it, along with Marshall’s reason for why he left it out).

You can become the owner of the whole shebang by naming the star who played Streep’s character of the Witch in the original Broadway production. Send the answer to me at by midnight on Monday, March 23. Then, as usual, I’ll put all the right answers in a hat and my husband K will pluck one out. I’ll announce the lucky winner next Wednesday.

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