Anything can happen in the woods, and Amy Adams will find out exactly what Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics mean when she leads the Public Theater’s Into the Woods cast in July, a rep for the actress confirmed to EW.
Amy Adams will play the Baker’s Wife, the role originated by Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason (also a redhead!), at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park from July 23 to Aug. 25. Adams has a host of theater credits and has previously demonstrated her musical prowess in Enchanted and The Muppets. (That’s how we know she can carry a tune!)
Adams joins 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). The actors playing the Baker and the Witch have not yet been announced.
The classic Sondheim musical, which debuted on Broadway in 1987 and spawned two revivals, a film recording and countless community theater productions, retells the interwoven stories of a handful of fairy tale characters — including Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack (of beanstalk fame) — as they embark on different quests to fulfill their wishes in the woods.
In January, it was announced that Rob Marshall would be developing the musical into a feature film for Disney. Could this be Adams’ audition? Stage-lovin’ PopWatchers, do you think Adams will make for a great Baker’s Wife? And off that, who should play the Baker and the Witch?