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Donna Murphy also has returned this summer, playing the Witch in the second show this season in the park, Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” Murphy is a two-time Tony Award-winning star now, but back in 1985 _ her last time at the Delacorte _ she was in the ensemble in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”

“I’d look out and there would be this audience _ they were excited, delighted to be exactly where they were, feeling lucky to be where they were,” she recalls. “Before the show started, it was an event for them.”

Murphy knows the feeling. Like them, she has lined up to see many shows at the Delacorte, eaten picnic meals washed down with a little vino, keeping her fingers crossed that the rain clouds stay away. “I knew what it felt like on the other side and how excited I was. You can just feel that energy and feed off of it.”

Murphy is already planning a return to the Delacorte.

There’s something of a nagging hole in her impressive resume, one which includes movies, stage and TV: She’s actually never done Shakespeare and she wants to. And she knows where.

“This is where I want to do it for the first time,” she says. “I want to do it at the Delacorte.”




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