PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Into the Woods Is a Mother-Goosed Musical

Could it be that Amy Adams has been rapping her foot impatiently all this time, wrapping film after film and winning Oscar nominations (three, to date) — just waiting to be promptly challenged by theatre? Making your stage debut and doing it with Sondheim is what’s known as Going In the Deep End. “That’s what I figured,” she chirped back, “but who wants to dive in the shallow end? You hit your head, right?”

The Baker’s Wife does give her a character with the kind of backbone she has been known to flash on screen. “I like that she’s a take-charge person. She’s someone who believes in her wish — y’know, believes in what it is she’s after. I like her chutzpah.”

The not small fact that the role came with song didn’t phase her or frighten her at all. “I didn’t even know how difficult it was going to be until I started. I remember when I started learning the music before I even came into rehearsal. I knew the solos, but then I started on the group numbers, and I thought, ‘Oh, what have I gotten myself into? This is really, really difficult.’ But everyone has been great to me. I’m lucky to have really great models here with Jessie Mueller and Donna and Sarah — so many great singers in the show — so I just sat next to them in rehearsal and tried my best.”

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