Stephen Sondheim: Disney is koshermain
The great composer is in relaxed mood for a Kerri Mason Billboard interview, at home on the East Side.
Like every great artist, he knows where to give a little and where to stand firm.
Here’s Sondheim on working with Disney:
How did Disney do with Into the Woods?
I thought they did swell; the atmosphere of the movie was fine. Dealing with them and making the script — there are rules that you can’t break. Because “our audience doesn’t like that.” It doesn’t matter whether they’re right or wrong. If you’re going to do a movie for Disney, you know that going in. And if you don’t, you are really dumb. You try to persuade them. You try to be sure that at least the basics you agree on. And the basics, the reason they bought it and the reason we let it be made, were all kosher. But the details?
Read the full interview here.