Actress joins Shakespeare in the Park cast
Amy Adams has joined the cast of the summer revival of “Into the Woods,” set to play the Delacorte Theater in Central Park as part of the Public Theater’s annual season of Shakespeare in the Park.Adams will play the Baker’s Wife, one of the central characters in the fairy tale tuner by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Also newly added to the Shakespeare in the Park cast is Oliver Platt, onboard to appear as the fool Touchstone in “As You Like It,” the Bard comedy that will precede “Into the Woods” this summer at the Delacorte. “Woods” will mark the first major Gotham stage stint for Adams, who’s sung in pics including “Enchanted” and “The Muppets.” The Shakespeare in the Park production — co-helmed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel, who together directed a hit 2010 outdoor revival of the title in London — is already being eyed for a potential commercial future. The Public’s annual summer programming, for which the majority of tickets are handed out free of charge, is no stranger to starry casting. Anne Hathaway appeared in a 2009 production of “Twelfth Night,” and Al Pacino toplined “The Merchant of Venice” in a 2010 staging that transferred to Broadway for a strong-selling limited engagement. This year, Steve Martin has signed on to compose original music for “Twelfth Night,” updated by helmer Daniel Sullivan to the American South in the 1840s. Adams joins a previously announced lineup of “Woods” thesps including Jessie Mueller, Gideon Glick, Ivan Hernandez and moppet Jack Broderick in the role of the narrator. “As You Like It,” meanwhile, has a cast that includes Lily Rabe, Stephen Spinella, Renee Elise Goldsberry and David Furr alongside Platt, whose stage credits include Broadway outings “Guys and Dolls” and “Shining City” and a 2002 Shakespeare in the Park production of “Twelfth Night.” Adams’ upcoming film projects include Superman reboot “Man of Steel,” Rob Lorenz’s “Trouble With a Curve,” Walter Salles’ “On the Road” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.” “Into the Woods” is skedded for a five-week run that begins July 23 ahead of an Aug. 9 opening. “As You Like It” runs four weeks, starting June 5.
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