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Amy Adams to star in 'Into the Woods' in New York's Central Park

April 4, 2012 |  7:20 am

AdamsAmy Adams has featured her vocal chops in the movies "Enchanted" and last year's "The Muppets." Now the three-time Oscar nominee will have a chance to sing for live audiences on a daily basis in the Public Theater's revival of "Into the Woods" in New York's Central Park.

The musical, featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine, takes characters from several Brothers Grimm fairy tales to create an original story. "Into the Woods" debuted in 1986 at the Old Globe in San Diego and premiered on Broadway the following year, winning multiple Tony Awards.

The Public's revival is set to run at the Delacorte Theatre from July 23 to Aug. 25.

Adams will play the Baker's Wife, the role originated on Broadway by Joanna Gleason, who won a Tony. The cast will also include Jessie Mueller, Gideon Glick, Ivan Hernandez and Cooper Grodin.

"Into the Woods" won't be Adams' first stage role. Before she hit it big in Hollywood, the actress paid her dues on the dinner-theater circuit in Colorado and elsewhere. She has received Oscar nominations for her performances in "Junebug," "Doubt" and "The Fighter."

The musical will be preceded in Central Park by a production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It," starring Lily Rabe and Oliver Platt.


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Photo: Amy Adams. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times