Meryl Streep's ire, David Hyde Pierce lands and more theater buzz
WHO Emily Blunt
THE MOVIE "Into the Woods"
THE DEAL Blunt confirmed to Vulture.com that she will play the Baker's Wife in the upcoming film version of the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods." Meryl Streep, who will play the witch in "Woods," first teamed with Blunt in the 2006 comedy "The Devil Wears Prada." "I can't believe I'm playing in two movies with Meryl where she's playing someone who's horrible to me," Blunt told Vulture. James Corden is expected to play the Baker.
WHO David Hyde Pierce
THE MUSICAL "The Landing"
THE DEAL Hyde Pierce, who is currently appearing on Broadway in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," will star next season in "The Landing," a new musical by legendary composer John Kander ("Chicago," "Cabaret") and his new lyricist Greg Pierce. It's scheduled to play at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre. Pierce won a Tony Award for his performance in "Curtains," one of the last musicals by Kander and Fred Ebb, the late lyricist.
THE MUSICAL "Rags"
THE DEAL A revised version of "Rags," the flop 1986 musical about immigrants on the Lower East Side that some consider an unofficial sequel to "Fiddler on the Roof," will receive a workshop production by the Roundabout Theatre Company this month, reports Playbill.com. The cast will include Jessie Mueller, Josh Young, Josh Grisetti and Matt Doyle. It is unclear whether this will lead to a Broadway staging.
THE MUSICAL "Les Misérables"
THE DEAL The previously announced revival of "Les Miz," which hits Broadway next spring, will play the Imperial Theatre, which also housed the original production for the bulk of its run. The reimagined staging already has been touring the country for more than two years, to blockbuster business.