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  • Macbeth
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    I think there is a similar thread, but I thought I would start a new one specifically casting musical adaptations.

    The Book of Mormon

    Director: Seth MacFarlane

    Elder Kevin Price: Anton Yelchin
    Elder Arnold Cunningham: Jonah Hill
    Nabulungi:
    Zoe Saldana
    Elder McKinley:
    James Franco
    Mafala Hitimibi:
    Samuel L. Jackson
    General Butt-F-Naked:
    Eddie Murphy
    Mission President:
    Harvey Keitel (cameo)

    Book of Mormon is one of my favorite musicals. I think it will translate very well to film if it has the right locations and the right actors. I know it seems strange to have Seth MacFarlane directing, but I think he’s the only person who can take such a sensitive subject and make it endearing. Stone and Parker could do it, but I don’t think they have directing credibility to tackle such a huge film (although they did come up with, so they should write it). Frank Oz could do it as well if he is up to it. I think Anton Yelchin and Jonah Hill are perfect for the lead roles, and having Samuel L. Jackson and Eddie Murphy in the same film would be amazing (the last time they appeared together was in 1987).

    Sunset Boulevard

    Director: Martin Scorsese

    Norma Desmond: Liza Minelli
    Joe Gillis:
    Neil Patrick Harris
    Max Von Mayerling:
    Nathan Lane
    Betty Schaefer:
    Anne Hathaway
    Cecil B. DeMille:
    John Larroquette
    Artie Green:
    Ed Helms
    Sheldrake:
    John C. Reilly
    Manfred:
    Dick Van Dyke

    Yes it seems odd for Scorsese to direct a musical, but 3 years ago you would think the idea of him directing a children’s movie was crazy – but he ended up directing Hugo, which was a major film and garnered him a Best Director nomination.

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    Baby Clyde
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    If Sunset Boulevard ever gets made obviously Glenn has to get the part but Liza would be AMAZING!!!

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    RobertoTerra
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    WICKED

    Director: Apparently Stephan Daldry is directing, and I like that idea.

    Elphaba: Lea Michele
    Fyero: Aaron Tveit
    Nessa: Emmy Rossum
    The Wizard: Christopher Plummer
    Madame Morrible: Glenn Close
    Dr. Dillamond: John Lithgow
    Boq: Daniel Radcliffe 

    I think Lea was born for this role: she’s like a mini-version of Idina, she has the perfect voice to do it. And I do believe she has the acting chops. She has the crazy eyes and and can easily play the quirky high school studente with dreams of “making good” and has the emotional chore to also play the big dramatic scene. She’s becoming a great star and has a Broadway backgroud and all she needs is a big movie role to prove herself. 

    Aaron played the role before and was amazing in Les Mis. Plus:

    Enough said….

    Emmy is a hell of an actress, as she proved in Shameless and her singing has matured a lot since Phantom

    And Christopher really needs to happen! 50 years after The Sound of Music, he returns to movie musicals. That would be awesome. Plus he’s a Tony for leading actor in a musical (and an Oscar).

    And I won’t watch this movie unless Glenn is Madame Morrible! She’s perfect playing these bizarre villain roles (Cruella!) and her voice his great (just check Sunset Boulevard).

    Lithgow would be awesome too, He has musical theatre background and seems just perfect for the role.

    And Radcliffe looks just like a Munchkin. And was on Broadway too.

    Now G(a)linda is the most difficult role to cast, I think maybe cast a new talent? Or one of the Broadway Glindas?I really have no idea…

    Oh, and cameo roles: Idina Menzel and Norbert Leo Butz (the original Elphaba and Fyero) as Elphaba’s parents. And Kristin Chenoweth as the Nurse!

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    The BC 2.0
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    Pippin
    (Why hasn’t this been made into a movie?)

    directed by Rob Marshall

    Pippin – Matthew Morrison
    Lead Player – hmmm…..
    Fastrada – hmmm….
    Charles/Charlemagne – Victor Garber
    Catherine – Nicole Kidman
    Bertha – have no ideas….

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    vinny
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    WICKED

    Director: Apparently Stephan Daldry is directing, and I like that idea.

    Elphaba: Lea Michele
    Fyero: Aaron Tveit
    Nessa: Emmy Rossum
    The Wizard: Christopher Plummer
    Madame Morrible: Glenn Close
    Dr. Dillamond: John Lithgow
    Boq: Daniel Radcliffe 

    I think Lea was born for this role: she’s like a mini-version of Idina, she has the perfect voice to do it. And I do believe she has the acting chops. She has the crazy eyes and and can easily play the quirky high school studente with dreams of “making good” and has the emotional chore to also play the big dramatic scene. She’s becoming a great star and has a Broadway backgroud and all she needs is a big movie role to prove herself. 

    Aaron played the role before and was amazing in Les Mis. Plus:

    Enough said….

    Emmy is a hell of an actress, as she proved in Shameless and her singing has matured a lot since Phantom

    And Christopher really needs to happen! 50 years after The Sound of Music, he returns to movie musicals. That would be awesome. Plus he’s a Tony for leading actor in a musical (and an Oscar).

    And I won’t watch this movie unless Glenn is Madame Morrible! She’s perfect playing these bizarre villain roles (Cruella!) and her voice his great (just check Sunset Boulevard).

    Lithgow would be awesome too, He has musical theatre background and seems just perfect for the role.

    And Radcliffe looks just like a Munchkin. And was on Broadway too.

    Now G(a)linda is the most difficult role to cast, I think maybe cast a new talent? Or one of the Broadway Glindas?I really have no idea…

    Oh, and cameo roles: Idina Menzel and Norbert Leo Butz (the original Elphaba and Fyero) as Elphaba’s parents. And Kristin Chenoweth as the Nurse!

    Maybe Dianna Agron for Glinda.   

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    Beau S.
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    The people making the Wicked movie need to file a restraining order against Lea Michele. She will single-handedly ruin any potential that film has.

    All character lists from Broadway.com

    The Book of Mormon
    Adapted and Directed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (EGOT!)

    Elder Price – Andrew Rannels (Oscar nomination)
    Elder Cunningham – Josh Gad (Oscar nomination)
    (both are very good screen actors as well as stage actors)
    Mafala Hatimbi – Samuel L. Jackson
    Nabalungi – Zoe Saldana (Oscar)
    Elder McKinley – Justin Bartha (Oscar nomination, though in reality Darren Criss or Chris Colfer would get this role easily)

    Pal Joey
    Adapted by William Nicholson (Oscar) and Directed by Lisa Cholodenko (Oscar nomination)

    Joey Evans – James Franco (Oscar nomination)
    Vera Simpson – Julianne Moore (Oscar)
    Linda English – Amanda Seyfried
    Gladys Bumps – Martha Plimpton (Oscar)

    Gypsy
    Adapted and Directed by Steve Kloves

    Mama Rose – Michelle Pfeiffer (Oscar)
    Louise – Samantha Barks (Oscar nomination)
    June – Brittany Snow
    Herbie – Hugh Jackman (Oscar, maybe young but he could pull it off)

    Next to Normal
    Adapted by Todd Field and Tony Kushner (Oscar) and Directed by Todd Field (Oscar)

    Diana – Annette Bening (Oscar)
    Dan – Kevin Spacey (Oscar nomination)
    Natalie – Anne Hathaway (Oscar nomination)
    Gabe – Eddie Redmayne (Oscar)

    The Drowsy Chaperone
    Adapted by Tom Stoppard (Oscar nomination) and Directed by Baz Luhrmann (Oscar nomination, I’d kill to see this)

    Man in Chair – Geoffrey Rush (Oscar nomination)
    The Drowsy Chaperone – Jodie Foster (Oscar)
    Janet van de Graaff –  Nicole Kidman (Oscar)
    Robert Martin – Joaquin Phoenix
    George – Ralph Fiennes
    Aldolpho – Jason Alexander (Oscar nomination)

    I’ll probably think of more later.

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    Madson Melo
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    Michele would be a great Elphaba, I’m sure.

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    Beau S.
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    Michele would be okay singing-wise, but she has yet to prove (at least to me) that she has the acting chops. Keep in mind the amount of change and near-heartbreak that Elphaba goes through, Michele would overly-mug that.

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    patchthehavoc
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    Next to Normal
    Adapted by Todd Field and Tony Kushner (Oscar) and Directed by Todd Field (Oscar)

    Diana – Annette Bening (Oscar)
    Dan – Kevin Spacey (Oscar nomination)
    Natalie – Anne Hathaway (Oscar nomination)
    Gabe – Eddie Redmayne (Oscar)

    The Drowsy Chaperone
    Adapted by Tom Stoppard (Oscar nomination) and Directed by Baz Luhrmann (Oscar nomination, I’d kill to see this)

    Man in Chair – Geoffrey Rush (Oscar nomination)
    The Drowsy Chaperone – Jodie Foster (Oscar)
    Janet van de Graaff –  Nicole Kidman (Oscar)
    Robert Martin – Joaquin Phoenix
    George – Ralph Fiennes
    Aldolpho – Jason Alexander (Oscar nomination)

    Anne Hathaway is a full decade too old for Natalie Goodman, who is
    explicitly a teenager in N2N, and Nicole Kidman is a full decade too old
    for Janet van der Graaf, who is explicitly a starlet in The Drowsy
    Chaperone… alas, what might have been. Anne in her late teens/early 20s would have been a
    pretty fantastic fit for Natalie.

    This is the post that made me want to come out of lurking and play… and then I realized that all my dreamcasts feature mostly unknown up-and-coming Broadway performers. Oops.

    THE LAST FIVE YEARS (JASON ROBERT BROWN)
    Cathy: Natalie Weiss
    Jamie: Benjamin Walker

    This
    is my longstanding dreamcast for if the movie ever got made, which seemed impossible until it didn’t. I know Anna Kendrick and
    Jeremy Jordan are set to do this, and I love her and don’t mind him, so I’m still excited and looking forward to it… but
    if done right this show is a total star-making turn, and Natalie and
    Ben would knock it out of the park.

    PASSION (STEPHEN SONDHEIM)
    Fosca: Anne Hathaway
    Giorgio: Jay Armstrong Johnson
    Clara: Lauren Molina

    Fosca is one of those roles everyone has extremely strong feelings about, but musically it’s gorgeously written and a surefire way to book another Oscar nom. And Jay and Lauren are just amazing singers.

    A CHORUS LINE (MARVIN HAMLISCH)
    Cassie: Claire Danes
    Zach: Hugh Dancy

    … this just deserves to be remade because the 1985 film was such a hot mess. Claire Danes is a trained dancer who can also sing, so I’d kill to see her do “The Music and the Mirror”… and if she’s Cassie, then I just want to see Hugh Dancy play Zach. This is totally mental stunt casting. There’s a lot of other roles in this show but this is as far as I got.

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    RobertoTerra
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    Michele would be okay singing-wise, but she has yet to prove (at least to me) that she has the acting chops. Keep in mind the amount of change and near-heartbreak that Elphaba goes through, Michele would overly-mug that.

    Did you see her in “Spring Awakening”? It’s up on youtube. I think she did a terrific job with the dramatic scenes.

    But anyway, now that Glee was renewed for two more seasons, I don’t know if she’d be able to do it. 

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    RobertoTerra
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    INTO THE WOODS

    CINDERELLA: Emmy Rossum
    JACK: Freddie Highmore
    BAKER: Kelsey Grammer
    BAKER’S WIFE: Amy Adams
    CINDERELLA’S STEPMOTHER: Michelle Pfeiffer
    LUCINDA and FLORINDA: Amanda Seyfried and Samantha Barks
    CINDERELLA’S FATHER: John C. Reilly 
    CINDERELLA’S MOTHER: Judy Kuhn
    LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: Nikki Blonsky
    THE WITCH: Meryl Streep
    RAPUNZEL: Megan Hilty
    JACK’S MOTHER: Allison Janney
    GRANNY: Angela Lansbury
    WOLF: Jason Seagal
    CINDERELLA’S PRINCE: Eddie Redmayne
    RAPUNZEL’S PRINCE: Patrick Wilson
    GIANTESS: Angelica Houston
    NARRATOR: Joel Grey

    God,  I looove that cast!! 

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    moviefan61794
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    I hope the Wicked movie happens sooner rather than later. Seems like the perfect time to make this movie, and I’ve already been anxiously waiting for years. Into the Woods is set to get things started very soon. It’s a big cast and while the music is difficult, it really is a fantastic show when done right, so hopefully this would be STELLAR. Also, if any musical screams Oscar, it’s Next to Normal. Hell, that could garner Oscar nominations for all six roles. Actors capable of singing the parts would be clawing it out for a role in that film, and it’s an amazing story, I hope it gets it’s respect soon.

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    Beau S.
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    Also, if any musical screams Oscar, it’s Next to Normal. Hell, that could garner Oscar nominations for all six roles. Actors capable of singing the parts would be clawing it out for a role in that film, and it’s an amazing story, I hope it gets it’s respect soon.

    Amen.

    I think David Fincher or Todd Field would be perfect to direct, because they are masters of family drama (Field) and dark drama in general (Fincher). If Annette Bening can sing, she would be perfect for the role of Diana. The same goes for Kevin Spacey with Dan (it would be great to see them reunited, they have great chemistry).

    In reflection, yes, Hathaway is too old for Natalie, so a great alternative would be Samantha Barks, or Ariana Grande if she is interested in pursuing a major film career. 

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    Madson Melo
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    Apparently, Johnny Depp will be the Baker in Marshall’s Into the Woods. I’m so sad for this choice, SO sad!

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    Pippin
    (Why hasn’t this been made into a movie?)

    directed by Rob Marshall

    Pippin – Matthew Morrison
    Lead Player – hmmm…..
    Fastrada – hmmm….
    Charles/Charlemagne – Victor Garber
    Catherine – Nicole Kidman
    Bertha – have no ideas….

    It hasn’t been made into a movie because it’s about as close to unfilmable as you can get (though I’d be interested to see someone try.)

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