If you’re lucky, once or twice a year a movie comes along that really excites you. For me, that movie is the screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. I am unfamiliar with the music so the movie will be completely new, something I didn’t get to experience with the films Cabaret, Chicago, Hairspray, Les Misérable, the upcoming (most likely!) Wicked, and countless others.
The film’s stars hit the red carpet in NYC on Monday for the Woods premiere, held at the world-famous Ziegfield Theater.
Director Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp, along with other acting vets and some refreshing new faces. The movie has received praise from press and industry execs and was honored by the American Film Institute as one of the top movies of the year.
Let’s check out what the stars wore to this major event.
Emily Blunt was the best dressed star of the night, by a mile. Her Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2015 dress was daring, unique, yet elegant. She looked incredible. Her pretty hair and perfectly-matched lips finished the look. Hubby John Krasinski also wore the Italian brand, looking handsome in a dark brown suit.
Blunt was reluctant to audition for the role of the Baker’s Wife, as she was nervous t in front of others. She told Variety, “Stephen Sondheim’s music is musically complex and emotionally profound. You sort of have to keep up with it and these are songs that arrest you and make you follow these characters. These are not those songs that wash over an audience and all you do is listen so you have to do your best to keep up.”
Anna Kendrick, aka Cinderella, looked beautiful in this black and white gown from Narciso Rodriguez’s Pre-Fall 2015 collection. Her tiny waist was accentuated by a built-in leather waistband, adding a touch of edge to the otherwise classic dress. Kendrick’s simple makeup and slicked back hair were nice finishing touches. The singer/actress, who also stars in the upcoming Pitch Perfect sequel, went a bit Carrie Mathison for the role.
“I was basically like living like an OCD soldier,” she told Variety. “I locked myself in my apartment and warmed up all day for my recording session. I had the sheet music plastered across the wall like in ‘A Beautiful Mind.’ It’s just such challenging music and we were so desperate to honor Stephen Sondheim so I went a little crazy for a while. But I think it all paid off.”
The epic actress above stars as the Witch and matched her premiere outfit to the role. Streep’s head-to-toe outfit consists of an Issey Miyake jacket and skirt, Dolce & Gabbana bag, and L.K. Bennett boots. It’s not great but it doesn’t matter, because she’s Meryl Streep.
For her role, she donned prosthetics and yellow talons. “When I put the talons on — that was it for the day,” she told Variety. “I couldn’t run my fingers through my hair, I couldn’t get a moat out of my eye, I couldn’t do anything. I had to get my dresser to go to the ladies room because I couldn’t undo anything for 12 hours.”
MacKenzie Mauzy plays Rapunzel in the film and she is a gorgeous lady. But this dress by an unknown designer is only so-so, at least from the front (it looks better from the back and side). But she’s stunning so it doesn’t really matter. And her blonde, blonde hair and perfect red lips look great together, especially when paired with her alabaster skin.
Alyssa Milano attended the premiere wearing this bizarre outfit. She must have felt it was a costume-y affair, as this Dolce & Gabbana looks like something the movie’s “Lady of the Night” would wear. Funny how the same brand can have the best and worst look of the evening! Cheers to the 41-year-old for showing off her bod just three months after giving birth to her second child but this is definitely not stylish. And it’s one thing for one of the movie’s stars to dress in character (i.e. Meryl) but this is just silly.
The cast also includes Tracey Ullman (Jack’s mother), Daniel Huttlestone (Jack, of Beanstalk fame), Lilla Crawford (Red Riding Hood), James Corden (the Baker), Billy Magnussen (Rapunzel’s prince) and Christine Baranski (Cinderella’s stepmother). Director Rob Marshall is pictured third from the right.
Into the Woods open nationwide December 25 .