January 3, 2015 at 1:09 am #434510
So, here we can all talk about the roles you want your favorite stars to play!
1. Mama Rose in Gypsy: Maybe in about 5 or 6 years from now, but I have a feeling Audra will play this role and I think she’ll be fantastic.
2. Dolly in Hello Dolly: Another change of pace for her, it would be wonderful to see her tackle it.
3. Fosca in Passion: She would be towering here!
1. Marian The Librarian in The Music Man: Like I said, I think she’d do wonders with it. It’s a role thats tailor made for her.
2. Amalia in She Loves Me: She might be a tad old for this, but she would be perfect.
3. Dot in Sunday In The Park With George: I know she did this role before in an L.A production, but I wish she could play it again. I really think she could do a fantastic job with it and its more dramatic then some of her other roles. I would have loved to see her in it.
So, what are yours?
January 3, 2015 at 11:55 am #434512
I know very little about broadway or broadway stars. I only really know Megan Hilty because of Smash (the show was unwatchable, except for her) and I don’t know about many past shows BUT, I do think Hilty would be really great as Elsa in the upcoming Frozen musical. It should happen.January 5, 2015 at 4:28 pm #434513
I do think Kelli O’Hara would be ideal for Amalia in SHE LOVES ME, but I do agree she is getting too old at this point. Another role she would be great at would be Mother in RAGTIME.
Jane Lynch would be wonderful as Mame and, in a more obscure role, Sally Adams in Call Me, Madam.
I highly doubt they would revive it, but James Monroe Iglehart would be perfect for Five Guys Named Moe.
With a role like Rose in Gypsy, I could see a few different options: Victoria Clark, Carolee Carmello, and Tonya Pinkins.
I will be honest in saying I am skeptical of Kristin Chenoweth as Lily Garland in the upcoming revival of On The Twentieth Century. She could surprise me and I could see her nailing certain moments, but I think she is a little too old for the role…though that is just my opinion. I would have loved to have seen what Laura Benanti would have done with the role.
If I think of more, I will post later.March 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm #434514
Audra is still a little young to play Mama Rose, but she will make a great one in about 15 years. Right now, I’d love to see her play Caroline in Caroline, or Change.
The actress who I’d love to see take on Mama Rose now is Carolee Carmello, or if they go with a major movie star to guarantee $$$, maybe Meryl?
Another “in 15 years” pick for me would be Kelli O’Hara as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. Imagining her singing “With One Look” is giving me chills.
Today, I’d love to see Alice Ripley, Judy Kuhn or Donna Murphy play Norma Desmond.
Stephanie J. Block would absolutely nail Annie Get Your Gun.
Megan Hilty and Haven Burton as Violet and Daisy Hilton in Side Show, respecitvely.
Norm Lewis or Raul Esparza could do wonders with Jekyll and Hyde.
Billy Magnussen and Cristin Milioti in The Last Five Years.
Would love to see Adam Lambert take on Hedwig.
Alan Cumming and Glenn Close in Sweeney Todd.
I saw On the 20th Century last night, and while Kristin absolutely owned every single moment of the show that she was on stage, I couldn’t help but think how amazing Jane Krakowski would be in that role.
I’d love to see another female Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. One of the SNL gals like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler (who recently wrote in her book that she wants to do a musical) or Kristen Wiig would be a riot. If we’re sticking to Broadway-grown stars, it would be awesome to see Sutton Foster finally take on Sondheim (though her work with Jeanine Tesori has been excellent). Rachel Bay Jones would be great too, as would Andrea Martin and of course Bernadette Peters.
Christian Borle and Sutton Foster in Kiss Me, Kate. Especially given their history together.
Charice Pempengco and Lou Diamond Phillips as Kim and the Engineer in Miss Saigon.
Christopher Sieber in the upcoming Mrs. Doubtfire musical.
Andy Karl and Kelli O’Hara as Nathan Detroit and Lady Adelaide in Guys and Dolls.