December 9, 2014


Listen to Meryl Streep Sing "Stay With Me" from 'Into The Woods'

There are few facts in this world that are indisputable, but these ones should be etched in stone somewhere: The sky is blue, the earth is round and Meryl Streep is flawless at pretty much everything.

This Christmas, Streep brings her Oscar-snagging skills to the metaphorical stage with Into the Woods, the Sondheim musical that takes a bunch of fairy tales and gives them a dark and scandalous whirl. Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and a few more familiar faces from your childhood's favorite storybooks all make an appearance, and Streep stars as the Witch, who turns out to be a mother figure to Rapunzel. In this cut from the Into the Woods soundtrack, Streep serenades Rapunzel with "Stay With Me"—and even though it goes without saying, it sounds nothin' at all like the Sam Smith smash of the same name.

It's not like Into the Woods is your typical fare for the Broadway set, either: Sondheim's musicals are difficult feats for any singer with their insane chords and intricate song structures, and Streep handled the high notes and major belts like the pro she is. Who knew she had that set of pipes?!

Into the Woods also features Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick, whose contribution to the soundtrack "On the Steps of the Palace" dropped last week. Listen to both songs above and below, and be sure to check out Into the Woods in theaters December 25.