At last, The Witch's relationship with Repunzel is explained, in a number that was cut from the movie

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated February 27, 2015 10:00 AM
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Putting its own dark spin on Grimm, the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine fairy-tale musical Into the Woods first opened on Broadway in 1987 and has enjoyed subsequent revivals, including one that is currently running right now Off Broadway.

But one thing it never had, but was supposed to be in the movie version that was released last Dec. 25, was a song written specifically for the movie and delivered by The Witch to explain her love-hate relationship with Rapunzel.

Only the song didn’t make the final cut and was never seen – until now.

In this exclusive first look, Meryl Streep, in her Oscar-nominated performance, sings composer Sondheim and lyricist Lapine’s thoughtful little ditty, “She’ll Be Back.”

This preview comes ahead of Into the Woods‘s March 24 release on Disney Digital HD/SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere.

As explained by director Rob Marshall as he introduces the scene, the deletion was a mutual decision between himself, Sondheim, Lapine and Streep herself, after they “realized the film was stronger without it. And so, we made a very difficult decision to let it go.”

Let It Go? Come to think of it, with her blue-ish hue, Streep does sort of resemble Elsa in Frozen. Perhaps they’re related. But that can wait until the sequel.