Oscar nominee Amy Adams has signed on to play the Baker’s Wife in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods,” one of the productions for the 50th anniversary season of free Shakespeare in the Park performances at The Delacorte in New York City.
“Into the Woods,” Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s beloved musical that won three Tonys when it opened on Broadway in 1987, will begin previews on July 23 and continue through Aug. 25.
The Public Theater also announced Tuesday that “The Big C” star Oliver Platt will join the cast of “As You Like It,” playing Touchstone.
Adams, who was nominated for best supporting actress Oscars for “The Fighter” in 2010, “Doubt” in 2008 and “Junebug” in 2005, trained as a dancer and appeared in mostly dinner theater productions before moving into television and film.
Joining Adams in “Into the Woods”: 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), with Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel directing.
“As You Like It,” which begins previews on June 5 and runs through June 30, will feature a southern spin on Shakespeare’s play, with comedian/actor/author/musician Steve Martin writing original music for the production. “As You Like It” also will feature a live bluegrass band, with the Forest of Arden set in the rural American south.
Rounding out the cast of “As You Like It”: Robert Joy (Le Beau, Lord), MacIntyre Dixon (Adam), David Furr (Orlando), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Celia), Omar Metwally (Oliver), Lily Rabe (Rosalind) and Stephen Spinella (Jaques), with Daniel Sullivan directing.