Meryl Streep would like to see a “revolutionary” version of musical Hamilton in which gender roles are reversed.
The three-time Academy Award winner is currently promoting her new movie Florence Foster Jenkins, in which she plays a not-so talented opera singer dying to sing at Carnegie Hall. And speaking about the type of show that could entice her back to the stage, Meryl has revealed she would like to be a part of something truly extraordinary, like a version of megahit musical Hamilton, in which the gender roles are reversed.
“I would like to see Hamilton with all the men’s parts cast as women and all the women, singing about who they love, cast as men,” she told Playbill of how she would like to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s show about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton reinterpreted.
“That would be revolutionary – truly revolutionary,” she smiled. Even if her vision for a rebooted Hamilton doesn’t come about, Meryl, 67, says she is still anxious to head back to the stage in some form. The last time she performed on stage was in the Public Theater’s 2006 production of Mother Courage and Her Children. “I’d like to do something onstage, but I don’t want to do a revival,” she said. “I want to do something new, so I’m looking around.”
Over the last few years, Meryl has been Hollywood’s go-to star when it comes to stage adaptations, taking on the Witch in Into the Woods, Violet Weston in August: Osage County and Donna in Mamma Mia! She also shows off her singing ability in films Ricki and the Flash and the aforementioned Florence Foster Jenkins, in which she had to sing poorly in order to imitate the delusional real-life diva.
And even though Meryl claims she doesn’t have perfect pitch, singing “through the character” is something she can do with ease. “I liked finding what it was in Florence’s recordings because there are recordings of hers that remain very popular…so she’s there for all to hear. It led me to understand her and her exuberance and her will to make it right,” she explained. Florence Foster Jenkins is screening in the U.K. and opens in the U.S. on Friday.
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