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  • Macbeth
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    One of the most exciting things, for me at least, is when a show is revived on Broadway, and we get an entirely new cast and new direction for that show. What are your dream Broadway revivals, and the people you’d like to see in them?

    The Hedwig revival is very inspiring, mainly because of the pedigree of men who have stepped into the high heels since NPH left it. I hope the show has a long run, with some more inspiring replacements. I’d love to see Alan Cumming, Robert Downey Jr. and Jared Leto play the role. I also think a woman would be interesting in the role, so possibly Tilda Swinton?

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    Im nervous to ever attend Hedwig again after seeing both NPH and JCM in the role. I just cant imagine it getting better. But Alan Cumming could get me to the Belasco for a round 3. (There are rumors circulating that he has been approached for the role). I think Jonathan Groff and Joseph Gordon Levitt would also make great casting choices. 

    And beause Im mad I couldnt see it, Id love the recent Encores production of The Wild Party to transfer with Sutton Foster and Steven Pasquale. I could listen to those two all day.

    Id also love to see Follies with a great cast, having missed the previous revival. Glenn Close and Christine Ebersole come to mind. Perhaps throw in Christine Baranski in there somewhere for good measure.  

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    Actriz
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    That Encores production of The Wild Party needs to stay far away from Broadway, unless Andrew Lippa fixes the numerous problems he caused with the changes he made to the show.

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    That Encores production of The Wild Party needs to stay far away from Broadway, unless Andrew Lippa fixes the numerous problems he caused with the changes he made to the show.

    I agree with you. While the LaChuisa version may have been the more interesting version artistically, I found Lippa’s version to be more entertaining and most memorable.

    I am completely baffled at the changes he made towards the show that he felt were for the better, not to mention how he felt Sutton Foster was perfect for the role…of course, that is subject to opinion but I found her to be extremely miscast in the role (even more so than in Anything Goes but she won me over in that for the most part). The cutting of a song like Out of the Blue was also extremely sad…and a lot had to be adjusted to work for Foster.

     

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    adamunc
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    Recently I’ve been listening to some of the surviving recordings of various parts of the score to The Human Comedy, by Galt MacDermot and William Dumaresq. It had a successful run at the Public, but then failed miserably in its Broadway transfer about thirty years ago. It has such a tuneful, wide-ranging score that it’s really more like a contemporary American opera than anything else. The lyrics may not quite be up to the level of the music, but they’re solid enough. I feel like this is something that Roundabout could do really well as a limited run and get some great performers. I’d love to see what Sam Gold would do as director, since he’s so strong at staging a sense of place and community. Maybe Stephanie J. Block as Kate, the mother struggling in wartime. Fantasia as Beautiful Music? And possibly Jeremy Jordan as Homer, the young telegraph deliveryboy, though he might be getting a touch old.

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    I’d also love to see Follies with a great cast, having missed the previous revival. Glenn Close and Christine Ebersole come to mind. Perhaps throw in Christine Baranski in there somewhere for good measure.

    It’s a shame you missed the most recent revival of Follies, Sam, because I don’t think it can get much better.  Some thought Bernadette Peters was miscast as Sally (you didn’t even need to be there to think some of her line readings on the cast recording are… bizarre) but I thought she was beautiful in the role.  Danny Burstein was a perfect Buddy, Ron Raines was an equally charming and sleazy Ben, and Jan Maxwell gave the performance of her career as Phyllis; not to mention the insanely talented supporting cast.  I saw it six times, and it wasn’t enough.

    Follies is one of my favorite musicals, if not my favorite, but I’m not sure who I would dream cast in a revival. I’m a huge fan of Baranski, and she’s actually performed a few different roles in small productions of Follies in the past: Carlotta at an Encores! production and I believe Phyllis in London for a week this past summer?     

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    [quote=”Actriz”]

    That Encores production of The Wild Party needs to stay far away from Broadway, unless Andrew Lippa fixes the numerous problems he caused with the changes he made to the show.

    I agree with you. While the LaChuisa version may have been the more interesting version artistically, I found Lippa’s version to be more entertaining and most memorable.

    I am completely baffled at the changes he made towards the show that he felt were for the better, not to mention how he felt Sutton Foster was perfect for the role…of course, that is subject to opinion but I found her to be extremely miscast in the role (even more so than in Anything Goes but she won me over in that for the most part). The cutting of a song like Out of the Blue was also extremely sad…and a lot had to be adjusted to work for Foster.

     
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    I agree with you both! It was great to see some very talented people on that stage, but the show is not very good and the changes made for this production were all detrimental.  I thought Sutton was good in the role, which was unfortunately bastardized. Steven Pasquale stole the show for me; I am constantly amazed by his outstanding voice and he was absolutely awe-inspiring as Burrs.  Joaquina Kalukango also made a terrific impression.  Overall, though, the individual parts were much more impressive than the sum.  I wouldn’t object to a cast recording at all, but this production, as is, does not belong on Broadway.

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    Actriz
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    I thought Sutton was inspired casting (it definitely seems like she’s starting to try her hand in shows/roles that aren’t perfectly tailored for her and is challenging herself) but she didn’t meet the challenge imo. Lippa’s Queenie requires a strong, hard belt and Sutton’s belt, while strong, is too soft for the role. Stephanie J. Block, Marin Mazzie, Jane Krakowski or Sherie Rene Scott would have been better choices. It’s truly a shame that we’ll never see a Betty Buckley or Patti LuPone Queenie (unless somebody does a production where the characters have been aged significantly, which I think could work).

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    With the Encore production of Little Shop of Horrors I’ve been thinking about that show, and how no one has ever really been able to pull off the role of Audrey like Ellen Greene. If it does end up getting a revival (which it should, it hasn’t been to broadway in over 10 years), short of Ellen Greene actually playing Audrey, something that would be really cool to see but I don’t know if she’d want to commit to a full broadway run, I would really like to see Kristen Chenoweth try the part out. I don’t know if she’d be able to pull it off, it’s a surprisingly difficult role to play right and so far I haven’t really seen anyone get the hang of it like Greene, but I’d like to see Chenoweth give it a shot. The trick is to just not play her as stupid, which is the pratfall a lot of people seem to fall into. I doubt it’ll happen but, it would be cool to see. 

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    I would like a revival of Light in the Piazza with Judy Kuhn as Margaret and Sierra Boggess or Alexandra Silber as Clara with Aaron Tveit as Fabrizio.

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    I would like to see two 20-year anniversary revivals in 2016: Master Class with Frances Conroy and Alexandra Socha and Rent with Robin de Jesus (Angel), Ryan Steele (Roger), Gabrielle McClinton (Mimi) and Sarah Hyland (Maureen).

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