By Adam Hetrick
16 May 2013
Casting is currently underway for the Rob Marshall-helmed film adaptation of Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, which will begin shooting in London this fall.
On May 10 Jewel tweeted, "Stephen Sondheim is a smart bastard. Ha. Try singing On The Steps Of The Palace to his piano part. #CalculusForSingers." On May 13 she added, "Been working hard all weekend on an audition for a movie. Fingers crossed."
The Grammy Award nominee is known for the songs "Foolish Games," "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "You Were Meant for Me."
As previously reported by Playbill.com, Marshall confirmed to Playbill.com's Seth Rudetksy that Academy Award winner Meryl Streep will star as the Witch in the film adaptation. Read the original report in Rudetsky's April 15 Onstage and Backstage column here.
Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Into the Woods book writer Lapine authored the screenplay based on his own book for the 1988 musical. During an October reading of the screenplay, Lapine had streamlined the musical into a two-hour treatment for the screen.
Composer-arranger David Krane (Road to Qatar), who penned the arrangements for Marshall's film adaptations of Chicago and Nine, is working on arrangements for the Into the Woods film adaptation. DeLuca also produced Marshall's screen adaptations of "Nine" and "Chicago."
Into the Woods features a Tony-winning score by Sondheim and Tony-winning book by Lapine, who also staged both Broadway productions of the musical. Into the Woods premiered on Broadway in 1987 at the Martin Beck Theatre starring Bernadette Peters, Chip Zien, Joanna Gleason, Kim Crosby and Robert Westenberg. The original cast performance was preserved by PBS' American Playhouse in 1991. A 2002 Broadway revival played the Broadhurst Theatre.