Over the past two days I've been getting more and more psyched about going to see "Into the Woods" when it gets released Christmas Day! That's why I included it in my Top 5 December Movie picks: http://www.vingle.net/posts/614524 I'm so excited that I couldn't help going to look up everything I could about it. So, here are some things you should know about Into the Woods: 1. The movie is actually based on a musical called Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by the great Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in 1987, with Bernadette Peters as the Witch (played by Meryl Streep in the movie). The musical won several Tony Awards in a year that was primarily dominated by the Phantom of the Opera - so that's a good sign. 2. It's a musical, but it's okay! I understand people feeling iffy about musicals, because it's not really something we see in movies much these days. Even I stopped to think when I heard that - and I love musicals! Not only that - but there are two musicals this month, when you include Annie. But it's okay, guys! I think the previews of the music and singing look really promising. Many of the actors have great history in musical acting and singing. Just to prove it, I included some new audio of Anna Kendrick singing in the role of Cinderella. She sounds great! I also attached a collection of singing samples from the rest of the cast. I'm especially excited that the boy singing in the role of Jack has sung as Gavroche in Les Miserables. Also was not even close to aware that Chris Pine was such a country crooner. Into the Woods might turn out to be my favorite musical movie since Phantom of the Opera! 3. The story interweaves several different fairy tales, including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood. The plot is based on the idea of wishes ("Be careful what you wish for") and the characters are pulled together with an original story about a baker and his wife and a witch who cursed them. Are you going to see Into the Woods? How do feel about musicals in the movies these days? Are they still relevant today?