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    James Corden was allegedly attached to star in the 2015 Broadway revival of Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, but now he is in talks to take over from Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show on CBS…

    And so begin the rumors of other possible stars for the Sondheim revival. Josh Gad, star of Book of Mormon, has been mentioned to open the show possibly, with either Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory; Normal Heart) or Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) replacing Gad for the summer months if their filming schedules permit… Interesting! 

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    Macbeth
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    Very interesting – those two were the last I ever expected to get the role. Great choices, and easy Tony wins 

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    2015 is shaping up to be an excellent year for revivals:

    The King and I
    A Funny Thing Happened…
    On the Town
    On the Twentieth Century
    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
    (recently announced)

    I can see Forum possibly taking the best musical actor Tony, with O’Hara or Chenoweth (or whoever plays Mona) getting the best actress gong. 

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    Macbeth
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    But will it not only be Gad who is eligible for the Tony? 

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    Yes that’s correct, if he opens the show. 

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    I dont really know why they would consider Jesse Tyler Ferguson or Jim Parsons right now. Not that they arent talented, but their TV schedules would only allow them to be in the shows for about 3 months. Which isnt really enough time to capitalize on their casting. A star contract for a musical that is less than 9 months would be incredibly rare.

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    It’s also proof that they’re only looking for names if it’s true, and not good casting. Parsons and Ferguson could not be more different in terms of physicality, comedy style, and vocal style. I like the idea of Josh Gad, but also what about Norbert Leo Butz for the part?

     

    Or perhaps they’re inspired by the rotating cast concept of Love Letters?

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    This made me think that a NEW Sondheim musical was opening.

    It’s time for another female Pseudolus. Whoopi Goldberg played the role on Broadway (replacing Nathan Lane) and she was fantastic. If she wasn’t already attached to “On the Twentieth Century” then Chenoweth would be perfect. Maybe give Wiig or Poehler some singing lessons (if they even need it, they’re both pretty good singers as it is) and let them take a stab at it. Imagine the $$$$$.

    If we must go with a man, then Gad is a fine choice. Not crazy about JTF (I find his comedic delivery to be forced). Parsons I would need to see it to really say anything about it. Why not choose somebody due or overdue for Tony recognition since this is such an awards-bait character, like Danny Burstein, Daniel Radcliffe, Sherie Rene Scott, Bryce Pinkham, Rachel Bay Jones or Raul Esparza.

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    Wiig would be a good choice.

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    The women who could do this are endless – Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph (my personal choice) – and even if you skewer older you can get people like Wanda Sykes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ellen Degeneres, Jane Lynch and Bette Midler. Imagine these women taking the role, it would be absolute perfection 

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    The women who could do this are endless – Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph (my personal choice) – and even if you skewer older you can get people like Wanda Sykes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ellen Degeneres, Jane Lynch and Bette Midler. Imagine these women taking the role, it would be absolute perfection 

    The question regarding Ellen would be would she do it with her show at the same time?  

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    [quote=”EmmyFan123″]The women who could do this are endless – Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph (my personal choice) – and even if you skewer older you can get people like Wanda Sykes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ellen Degeneres, Jane Lynch and Bette Midler. Imagine these women taking the role, it would be absolute perfection 

    The question regarding Ellen would be would she do it with her show at the same time?  [/quote]

    That’s true, but she’s been on the air for going on 12 years now, and if she said she wants to take a couple months off to be on Broadway, I don’t think anyone will have any objections. She has made it quite clear she wants to appear on Broadway (she even appeared a few years ago for a special appearance as a nurse in Promises, Promises). I see no reason why, if she wants to, she can just put her show on hiatus or get someone to host it temporarily for her, Its a whole lot better than Jim Parsons and Jesse Tyler Ferguson abandoning their shows for a few months. Ferguson I can understand, because they can just write him out for a season as being overseas working as a lawyer for Queen Elizabeth (or something) – but Jim Parsons? If there is even half a season of TBBT without Jim Parsons, that show will get cancelled so fast. 

    Wait a minute – James Corden is taking Craig Ferguson’s show – what about Craig Ferguson to play Pseudolus? He is silly, funny and can dance his butt off!

    (Oh, and on a more sombre note – I was thinking if he hadn’t left us, Robin Williams could have made a fantastic Pseudolus and won his overdue Tony)  

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    [quote=”vinman422″][quote=”EmmyFan123″]The women who could do this are endless – Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph (my personal choice) – and even if you skewer older you can get people like Wanda Sykes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ellen Degeneres, Jane Lynch and Bette Midler. Imagine these women taking the role, it would be absolute perfection 

    The question regarding Ellen would be would she do it with her show at the same time?  [/quote]

    That’s true, but she’s been on the air for going on 12 years now, and if she said she wants to take a couple months off to be on Broadway, I don’t think anyone will have any objections. She has made it quite clear she wants to appear on Broadway (she even appeared a few years ago for a special appearance as a nurse in Promises, Promises). I see no reason why, if she wants to, she can just put her show on hiatus or get someone to host it temporarily for her, Its a whole lot better than Jim Parsons and Jesse Tyler Ferguson abandoning their shows for a few months. Ferguson I can understand, because they can just write him out for a season as being overseas working as a lawyer for Queen Elizabeth (or something) – but Jim Parsons? If there is even half a season of TBBT without Jim Parsons, that show will get cancelled so fast. 

    Wait a minute – James Corden is taking Craig Ferguson’s show – what about Craig Ferguson to play Pseudolus? He is silly, funny and can dance his butt off!

    (Oh, and on a more sombre note – I was thinking if he hadn’t left us, Robin Williams could have made a fantastic Pseudolus and won his overdue Tony)  [/quote]

    Guest hosts could be fun. She knows a lot of people who could guest host. Or maybe they do the episodes in NY for the time she does the show? 12 years! And still the best talk show host at that.   

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