Meryl Streep In Into The Woods?

Categories: Theater

220px-Streep_san_sebastian_2008_2-1.jpg

Not long ago, a British newspaper interview with Stephen Sondheim mentioned that Meryl Streep was a rumored possibility to portray the Witch in the revival of Steve's Into the Woods, playing the Delacorte this summer.

No, not Miranda Priestly. Another witch.

Well, Sondheim didn't confirm or deny the buzz, but interestingly said, "We will see. I think she'd be great."

That set excited little heads spinning all around town.

Meanwhile, a good friend of Meryl was just cast.

Amy Adams -- who co-starred with the multi-Oscar winner in Doubt and Julie & Julia -- is going to play the Baker's Wife.

And they've also announced the following cast members:

Jack Broderick (Narrator), Gideon Glick (Jack), Cooper Grodin (Rapunzel's Prince), Ivan Hernandez (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), Tina Johnson (Granny), Josh Lamon (Steward), Jessie Mueller (Cinderella), Laura Shoop (Cinderella's Mother), and Tess Soltau (Rapunzel).

Which pretty much leaves out ... the Witch!

So smart theater queens everywhere are sipping from a big punch bowl of fantasy juice and imagining that the Public Theater folks are deep in talks with Meryl to nail her down for a summer fling in Central Park before she starts filming August: Osage County.

And as our blog's Vodka Stinger points out, Meryl loves the Public! And can sing! And act! (No, really, trust me. She can.)

Somebody do some hocus-pocus really quickly and make this happen.


My Voice Nation Help
12 comments
Southern Dave
Southern Dave

I lucked out when Murphy did "Wonderful Town."

I actually caught a performance where she showed up.

Musto
Musto

Hold everything. The new buzz on broadwayworld is that Donna Murphy is now in talks to play the part!

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

This just in -- Varla Jean Merman as The Witch!

Now, Varla can SING; she hits notes only dogs or the ghost of Yma Sumac can hear.

I loved Meryl in "Postcards from the Edge," especially her "I'm Checkin' Out"  at the end.

And her lesbian ex-wife of Woody Allen in "Manhattan" was cherce.  She should play more lesbian roles.

Singing lesbian roles!

Uthaprime
Uthaprime

Tverow,

You seem a bit jealous with your nasty comments.  Prepare yourself to see Meryl win another Oscar for August:  Osage County.  Some hags have all the talent..

Vodkastinger
Vodkastinger

You know if they announce Meryl I am gonna start camping out for tickets next week!

Tverow
Tverow

oh god can this hag please just go away for like forever! ugh

Ick
Ick

Isn't it kind of a supporting part and the Baker's Wife usually steals the show? (Joanna Gleason won the Tony in the original.) Steal, Meryl would steal it no matter what she played. Fingers crossed.

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

Bernadette, Vanessa Williams, Meryl....Works for me.

Loading...