‘Into the Woods’ cast: Grading the singing of Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp & more


Rob Marshall lined up an all-star cast for his movie adaptation of the popular Sondheim musical. But can Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Emily Blunt cut it? Kevin Fallon judges clips of their singing.

Streep will star as the Witch, a role that’s been played on stage by the likes of Bernadette Peters, Vanessa Williams, and Donna Murphy, and which will require her to pull off both a powerful belting showcase (for “Last Midnight”) and a sweet lullaby (“Children Will Listen”).

But can she sing? Fools. It’s Meryl Streep. Whether she can sing is irrelevant, as all she needs to do is cough in tune and we’ll cry hysterically during “Children Will Listen.” But “Winner Takes It All” from Mamma Mia! proved she can pull off a strong belt and a pleasing, soft lilt. Plus, she managed to find raw emotion in an Abba song—no easy feat.

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