New Movies to Start Your March to Spring!

intothewoodsoriginalI know it. You know it.  Reading the book is always better than seeing the movie, right? And original movies are generally better than their remakes.  Well, although I haven’t yet seen the recent movie Into the Woods, I am willing to hazard a guess that the original is…well, yeah, probably better.

In this case, it’s not a book I’m talking about, however, but the Original Broadway Production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods starring Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason (who, btw, won a Tony Award for her performance in this production), Chip Zien and many other fabulous talents!

If you know absolutely nothing about the concept of Into the Woods, let me give you the 30-second rundown.  First there’s Cinderella, Jack (of future beanstalk fame) and a lowly baker and his wife. They all want things from life that they haven’t yet found or received.  They whine and cry about their misfortune, as we are all wont to do at times.

Mix in a witch with a backstory, a pair of philandering princes, a young girl with a healthy appetite and a lustful wolf and you have a brilliant, seamless weaving of fairy tales with a beautiful musical score, memorable lyrics and hilarity you can’t even imagine until you’ve seen it.  And all that whining and crying about their misfortune…ahhh, this is a fairy tale: it’s supposed to all turn out perfect in the end, right? I won’t spoil the end for you, but I will say it’s one you won’t soon forget!

My personal prejudice aside, Glenn Close might carry the new film well. And until I actually see the movie version, I’ll try not to pass final judgment, but after seeing this Broadway production several times in the past 15 years, I wonder if anything can compare.  I have never even gone to see a local production of it, for fear it wouldn’t be as satisfying as the Broadway version.

We will be getting the movie version when it’s released later this spring, but to give everybody else the chance to enjoy the Original version of this play (the way it was written to be seen), we just got in the dvd of the Broadway version with the original cast.

So, I strongly encourage everybody who loves Broadway, musicals or fairy tales to become familiar with this original production, available now for loan!

Also new this week:

  • Once Upon a Mattress – movie remake of the Broadway play. Stars Carol Burnette and Zooey Deschanel
  • The Expendables – (1st in the series) starring Sylvester Stallone (1st movie)
  • Bridesmaids – starring Melissa McCarthy
  • 21 Jump Street – starring Tatum Channing

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the warm weather coming our way will be a real, honest-to-goodness SPRING!

Hope to see you soon at the library!

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