The ‘Devil’ vs ‘Superman’

Meryl Streep sings again. No, not with Lindsay Lohan or with Lily Tomlin as she did in Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

She’ll warble in Berthold Brecht’s “Mother Courage and her Children” coming to Shakespeare in the Park on Aug. 8. This version is being written by Tony Kushner, directed by George C. Wolfe with original music by Jeanine Tesori.

In the 1957 legit version of the play, Paul Dessau had written the music and in 1997 it was Darius Milhaud. The theme is ever topical — war and wounds — and Meryl has wanted to do it for years. She loves the challenge. (And she certainly isn’t doing it for the money).

Streep was on the Park’s boards Tuesday (June 28) night as she and Kevin Kline were honored at the 50th anni celebration of the Shakespeare in the Park series. They’d costarred in Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” in 2002.

Streep had just wound filming “Dark Matter” in Utah, having intertwined p.a.’s for “The Devil Wears Prada,” on the heels of ditto publicity turns for “The Prairie Home Companion.”

On Friday, her “Devil” faces “Superman” as it hits the nation’s screens. Reviews for have already signaled that Streep, a two-time Oscar winner (and seven-time nominee), will be in the race again. In addition to critics, general audiences  love Streep’s characterization of a N.Y. fashion mag editor.

On a non-scientific note, I queried a “Prada” preview audience and all gave Meryl four stars, two thumbs up, etc. etc.

P.S. they also loved the movie.

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