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This week's cover: 'Into the Woods' enchants EW's holiday movie preview

Ever since Chicago ushered the movie-musical back to the big screen with panache, the song-and-dance genre has had a bumpy road in Hollywood (here’s lookin’ at you, Rock of Ages). But the man behind the 2002 Best Picture winner hopes to turn the trend around with another tuner, this time based on one of Broadway’s most beloved Stephen Sondheim musicals. Director Rob Marshall takes the reins on Disney’s Into the Woods, and he’s gathered an A-list cast and creative team to conjure up a glossy adaptation of the 1987 fairy tale fantasy that’s decidedly different from any storybooks you might have gathering dust on the shelf.

In this week’s Entertainment Weekly—which features four exclusive covers of the fairy tale epic’s all-star cast—we dive headfirst into the design of the dark, sprawling world of Into the Woods, the musical tale about a childless Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who attempt to lift a witch’s curse by venturing into an enchanted forest filled with classic characters like Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy). But this isn’t your mother’s Cinderella VHS—nor your daughter’s DVD, for that matter. “I didn’t want this to look like a cartoon world,” says Marshall. “It’s not sunny, sunny, sunny—we wanted a sense of danger.”

With the chance to re-invent the iconic musical, it wasn’t hard for Marshall to reunite members of his Chicago design team and lure top acting talent to the project—including Johnny Depp as the big bad Wolf and Meryl Streep as the Witch. “I’ve been offered many witches over the years, starting when I was 40, and I said no to all of them,” the actress tells EW. “But this was really fun because it played with the notion of what witches mean. They represented age and ugliness and scary powers we don’t understand. So here’s my opportunity to say, here’s what you wish for when you’re getting old.”

Come for the woods (and your first look at Depp’s Tex Avery-style lupine), but stay for the rest of our annual holiday movie preview, which includes candid chats with season stand-outs Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne, a behind-the-scenes look at Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Imitation Game, and the final Hobbit film, and of course, the calendar that will guide you through it all. The only question is, which cover will you pick?


Broadway box office: 'One Man, Two Guvnors' ends its run on a high

In its final week on Broadway, the hit British comedy One Man, Two Guvnors starring irrepressible Tony winner James Corden shattered the box office record at the Music Box Theatre, pulling in $853,518 (91 percent of the venue’s potential gross), according to figures from the Broadway League. That’s a remarkable achievement for a nonmusical production on the Great White Way. One Man is one of only three straight plays that have opened this year and recouped their producers’ initial investments (in this case, $3.25 million). The others are the acclaimed Tony-winning revival of Death of a Salesman starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, which earned back its $3.1 million investment 14 weeks into its 16-week run this spring, and the star-studded election-year revival Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, which announced last week that it had recouped its own $3.25 million investment (the show is scheduled to close this Sunday, Sept. 9).

Meanwhile, Bruce Norris’ topical drama Clybourne Park, which also had its last performance on Sept. 2, concluded its five-month run with a (modest) bang. Final-week ticket sales climbed 15 percent to $486,336, nearly 57 percent of the show’s potential gross. Despite winning the Pulitzer Prize and this year’s Tony for best drama, the production featured a cast unfamiliar to non-theatergoers and never really caught fire at the box office. It’s not expected to make back its initial investment.

As usual, Broadway’s box office was dominated by the familiar stable of musical powerhouses. The Lion King led the charge with $1.72 million for the week; followed by Wicked ($1.7 million); The Book of Mormon ($1.67 million, a new house record); Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark ($1.43 million); and the Ricky Martin-led revival Evita ($1.1 million).

Read more:
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Fall Theater Preview: 10 shows we’re dying to see
EW’s Stage Hub: News, reviews, and listings

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