The UK iTunes store now has preview tracks available for the Into the Woods
film soundtrack, and iTunes users anywhere in the world can access them. I checked them out, and honestly, I am floored. I was skeptical of this film's cast when they were announced, and the new trailer didn't really alleviate those worries, but now? I think Hollywood may have finally gotten a musical drama right, at least from a vocal perspective. I mean, yes, the LM film was nice in that it had so many nods to the Brick and so many West End actors playing supporting roles, but the vocals of many of the leads were not quite up to the task.
That doesn't seem to be the case with ITW, though. The only potential "problem spots," in my view, were Johnny Depp (who sounds more or less just like he did in the Sweeney Todd
film... but hey, he'll only be in ITW for about 5 minutes anyway) and Daniel Huttlestone (who I think sounds rather young for Jack, though maybe his appearance and physical acting in the film will balance that out). Meryl Streep's Witch sounds fantastic -- reminds me a bit of Julia McKensie from the original UK cast -- and I can't wait to see and hear "Last Midnight" in full now. And now that I've heard Chris Pine sing, I really wish he were doubling as the Wolf like in the stage version, rather than Depp playing that role. But yeah... Those of you with iTunes, check 'em out!
Also, I'd love to read Christopher Bond's Sweeney Todd
play (which Sondheim based the musical on). Does anyone know where I could find it?