If you are still not entirely sure if Meryl can hold her own in a Sondheim show, look no further.
By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger)
By now, you or someone you know has likely shared the Into the Woods trailer for Disney's upcoming take on the Sondheim classic. The most prevalent concern I've heard is: "can Meryl really pull off the Witch?" I present this little gem:
Don't you love when material that is decades old still holds up, and rings as true as the day it was first introduced to the world? This little moment comes from the Delacourte Theater's production of Mother Courage and Her Children in 2006. Meryl Streep plays Mother Courage in this show, one of nine plays that Brecht wrote in an attempt to counter the rise of Fascism and Nazism. Mother Courage is considered to be one of the greatest anti-war plays of all time and its message is one that still holds up today.
The song you will hear is Jeanine Tesori's reworking of Bretcht's words. She worked with each of the actors and composed for them specifically with their voices and performance styles in mind.
Now, let's all calm down and realize that she will probably kill it as the Witch in Into the Woods.
JOANNA SYIEK is a Los Angeles-based music junkie with a penchant for long road trips, original theatre work, clean graphic design, and really good Indian food. She directs around the City of Angels and writes about nourishing creativity, Broadway favorites, and talent obsessions over on her blogging home. www.thoughtsontheatre.wordpress.com
EMAIL HER | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | OTHER POSTS BY THIS AUTHOR