EXCLUSIVE: Donna Murphy Heads Back to the Recording Studio in May

News   EXCLUSIVE: Donna Murphy Heads Back to the Recording Studio in May
Two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy, who will soon be seen in the City Center Encores! production of Anyone Can Whistle, will head back into the recording studio in May to record additional vocals for "Tangled," Disney's long-awaited animated re-imagining of the classic "Rapunzel."

Donna Murphy
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Murphy recently told Playbill.com that she has been recording both spoken word and songs on and off since October.

"Mandy Moore is playing Rapunzel, and I'm the woman who claims to be her mother, who's got her locked up in the tower," Murphy said about her character. "[Her] name is Mother Gothel."

"Tangled," Murphy explains, is her first venture into the animated world: "I've done voiceovers for commercials and some narration, but I've never done animation. I thought it would be fun, but I also thought, 'How weird is it to be doing this and not necessarily . . . have the other actor in the booth with you?' … I've yet to do a scene where I even hear the voice of the person that I'm playing the scene with. I read it with the director/writers, and sometimes they're directing me, but I'm just doing the lines as if I'm responding or driving a scene, whatever the case may be.

"It's the kind of character that is so wild, and turns on a dime," Murphy continues. "It's a perfect character to have to dive in [to even if] you're working sometimes in what can feel like a solitary acting fashion. Because she's so completely self-involved that it's all about her anyway, and I don't know how much listening she truly does, so you can kind of justify it. But there's something strangely liberating about knowing that your image is not being seen. It's all in what you're doing [with your voice]."

She adds, "It truly is really fun, and I've been having a blast, and the music that I've heard is terrific. They're still writing stuff, [and] I'm going back to the studio in May to record something else." The film will be presented in stereoscopic 3D in a limited release starting Nov. 12 before going wide Nov. 24. Byron Howard and Nathan Greno direct.

"Tangled" feature songs by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Carol) has a long history with Disney, including the stage and screen versions of Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. Slater (newyorkers) has collaborated with Menken on The Little Mermaid and Sister Act.

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