August 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm #432265
Someone’s trying to EGOT again lol. And a starring film adaptation isn’t out of possible reach either.
Meryl Streep to narrate Colm Toibin’s “The Testament of Mary” EXCLUSIVE
by Stephan Lee on Aug 5, 2013 at 2:36PM
Meryl Streep will lend her very famous voice to the audiobook version of Colm Toibin’s Booker Prize short-listed novel The Testament of Mary, EW has learned exclusively. The audiobook will be available from Simon & Schuster on CD and for download on Sept. 10. EW’s Jeff Giles wrote of the novel, “The Testament of Mary takes an icon buried under centuries’ worth of other people’s opinions and transforms her into an unapologetically real woman who, at the end of her life, is recalling the annihilating pain of watching her son die.” The novel has also been adapted into a Broadway play starring Fiona Shaw.
It sounds like a meaty role for a 17-time Oscar nominee. “What Meryl Streep manages first is a sort of calm force; there is a naturalness in the voice, and in the phrasing. And then slowly something sorrowful emerges, it is like an undertone. It comes from the stops and the half-sighs and that can move into moments of insistent pain and out of that again into memory,” says Toibin in a press release. “She has a way of lingering on words and phrases which is always perfectly natural, but it gradually takes on a real power. I think anyone who hears it will be astonished by it.”August 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm #432267
Oscar #5?August 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm #432268
Looks like someone is trying to EGOT. Now she just needs to go back to Broadway.
And if August: Osage County doesn’t get her the Oscar, this definitely will.August 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm #432269
I wish Fiona Shaw would star in the film version because Shaw needs a great vehicle and if anyone saw the play she was just stunning. I’m fine with Meryl getting her grammy but come on women like Shaw need roles like these and Meryl has done enough.August 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm #432270
Or maybe Glenn Close could do it and Geraldine Page her way to the Oscar.August 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm #432271
And the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album goes to . . . Meryl StreepAugust 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm #432272
I’m still fairly surprised that Fiona Shaw couldn’t manage a Tony nod for “The Testament of Mary,” especially with the play itself getting nominated for Best Play. I wonder where the disconnect with the Tony voters came from.August 6, 2013 at 2:26 pm #432273
I think it’s because there was a lot of competition for Leading Actress in Play. Best Play wasn’t such a competitive category this year.August 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm #432274
If the support for “The Testament of Mary” had been great enough to get into Best Play, it seems like that support could have knocked off someone in Lead Actress to allow Fiona Shaw in, particularly one where the nominee was the only representation for the work itself in the nominations.August 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm #432275
I think she was left out because Leading Actress in a Play was a very busy category this year. There were a lot of contenders from new plays and revivals. Maybe voters didn’t appreciate her performance compared to Laurie Metcalf and Holland Taylor, but when it came time to vote for Best Play, they thought “The Testament of Mary” was better written and produced.
So there’s an explanation but it’s indeed strange to see the disconnect. It’s like when “Say Goodnight, Gracie”, another solo play, was nominated for Best Play but Frank Gorshin was left out.August 30, 2013 at 10:36 am #432276
Testament of Mary was one of my favorite shows last season. Im not sure how well it would translate to film, but Id be in heaven if Shaw got to reprise the role. It just didnt get the life it deserved in New York, and more people need to experience it. If it was at BAM or a similar venue, it would have sold out its run.
I terms of Tony nods, I think the best actress in a play was arguably the most competitive category of the year. There were about 8 performances which all could have been frontrunners in a different, less competitive year year. So the gap in votes was likely very very small in terms of who made the cut for nominations. There weren’t a ton of standout plays last season, so it was easier for something like Mary, which was doing something different, to sneak in. I doubt she lacked support, but she was probably just narrowly edged out.September 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm #432277
Did anybody buy/download this album?
Take a first listen to Meryl Streep reading ‘The Testament of Mary’:
http://shelf-life.ew.com/2013/09/10/meryl-streep-testament-of-mary-audio-clip/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+entertainmentweekly%2Flatest+(Entertainment+Weekly%3A++Today's+Latest)September 12, 2013 at 10:01 am #432278
And just in time for Grammy eligibility.