Donna Murphy locks on to 'Rapunzel'

Joins Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi in Disney's animated pic

Tony-winning actress Donna Murphy is readying her hair stylist for "Rapunzel," joining Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi in Disney's animated movie.

Byron Howard and Nathan Greno ("Bolt") are directing the musical comedy, which reimagines the Grimm fairy tale of the girl with the magic golden tresses. The story centers on Rapunzel (voiced by Moore), who is kidnapped from her parents' castle as child and locked in a hidden tower before escaping with the help of a bandit (Levi).

Murphy, working in animation for the first time, will voice Mother Gothel, the witch who keeps Rapunzel prisoner in a tower that had no doors or stairs.

Alan Menken is working on the music for the movie, which will be presented in 3D and released next year during the holidays.

Murphy won Tonys as best actress in a musical for "Passion" and "The King and I," with other credits including "Wonderful Town" and "Lovemusik." Her screen appearances include "Spider-Man 2," "Star Trek: Insurrection" and "The Nanny Diaries," and she recently had a role opposite Eric McCormack in the TNT series "Trust Me."

Murphy is repaid by Innovative Artists and Brookside Management.
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