Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” is required viewing, reading, and singing for all devoted musical theater buffs. But how does it translate to the big screen? Disney’s reimagined version for the cinema comes out on Christmas Day—and it bucks a few of the traditions of both the original musical and the fairy tales on which it’s based.
But most of all, this is further proof that, yes, musicals are totally cool again. And they’re full of strong female characters that you might not have previously expected. Yes, in this “Into the Woods,” Rapunzel makes some pretty strong choices totally for herself—and her prince is only referred to as that: “Rapunzel’s prince.”
Fusion caught up with the actors who play Rapunzel and Rapunzel’s Prince—up-and-comers Mackenzkie Mauzy and Billy Magnussen, respectively. Check out the video to hear what they had to say on bringing a theater classic to the screen, empowering fairy tale characters, and the redemption of so-called theater “geeks.”