Tracey Ullman, who plays Jack’s mother in the big screen musical Into the Woods, is a big fan of the work. She says: “It’s always been an extraordinary musical, but everyone gets their wish, and then it all goes wrong, it falls apart — it’s how you come together and rebuild as a community.”
It’s not a typical feel-good Disney musical, something Ullman appreciates, she sees it as “very grim” like the original Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Referring to the darkness she says: “Cinderella’s sisters cut off their heels to make shoes fit to marry princes, and if you go into the woods you might meet a wolf.”
Ullman believes the story hasn’t been Disneyfied or sanitized in its transition to the big screen.
She had no doubts that the integrity of the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical, first staged on Broadway in 1987, has been retained.
You can check out our interview with Ullman in the below video:
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