You don’t get to hear Meryl Streep sing very often, but she’s done it a bit on stage and in movies like “Silkwood” and “A Prairie Home Companion.” Come April 3rd we’re going to hear her really warble live at Carnegie Hall. Streep, now a three time Oscar winner (yay), will join Trudie Styler and Sting’s biennial Rainforest Foundation concert. She’s just been announced on a list of performers including old timers to the RF as Elton John and James Taylor. New to the show this year will be opera star Bryn Terfel, who sang “Roxanne” at Sting’s 60th birthday show last October, plus Jennifer Hudson, Bruno Mars and Roseanne Cash, as well as Vince Gill.
The theme of the night is “Songs from the Silver Screen” so maybe Meryl will sing “As Time Goes By” or “When You Wish Upon a Star.” With all hope, no one will sing “My Heart Goes On” from “Titanic” or the Phil Collins song from that Disney movie.Sting, you know, has contributed several songs to movies, so he has a lot to choose from.
Trudie Styler is quite wise and had this idea a while ago, so you know it’s going to be good. What always come from the Rainforest show is a sense of family and camaraderie, and the feeling that three decades of helping maintain the Rainforests indigenous population and educate people about them has done a lot of good. You can read more about this at www.rainforestfund.org
PS Sting is still on tour somewhere–Paris, London, then Johannesburg on his “Back to Bass” tour, sold out all over the world. Trudie is producing movies under the moniker Maven Pictures. Her first one with partner Celine Rattray is “Imogene” starring Kristin Wiig.