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Amy Adams to Star in Shakespeare in the Park's 'Into the Woods'

By Amy Zimmer | April 4, 2012 10:17am
Actress Amy Adams will play the Baker's Wife in
Actress Amy Adams will play the Baker's Wife in "Into the Woods" in Shakespeare in the Park this summer.
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MANHATTAN — Instead of playing a princess as she did in "Enchanted," Amy Adams will hit Central Park's Delacorte Theater as the Baker's Wife in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods," officials from the Public Theater announced Tuesday.

The Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee will star in the popular fairy tale musical as part of this summer's the 50th anniversary season of Shakespeare in the Park — the free performances that attract notoriously long lines.

The season will also feature Oliver Platt and Robert Joy in Shakespeare's comedy, "As You Like It," Public Theater officials said.

"As You Like It" — which will feature a live bluegrass band with music composed by actor/comedian/musician Steve Martin — will begin previews on June 5 and run four weeks through June 30.  Director Daniel Sullivan will set the play's Arden Forest in the American rural south, circa 1840.

Funnyman Steve Martin composed the music for
Funnyman Steve Martin composed the music for "As You Like It" for Shakespeare in the Park.
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The 1987 play, "Into the Woods" — an irreverent reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and other classic Grimm Brothers tales — will start previews July 23 and run five weeks through Aug. 25. This summer's revival is based on the Regent's Open Air Theatre London Production, officials said.

The Delacorte officially opened in Central Park on June 18, 1962 with the "Merchant of Venice" directed by Joseph Papp and Gladys Vaughan and starring George C. Scott as Shylock.

Since then more than 100 productions have been stage there including such big shows in recent years as "Twelfth Night" in 2009 with Anne Hathaway and "The Merchant of Venice" in 2010 with Al Pacino and Lily Rabe.