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  • Will
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    Follies


    Sally…….Sigourney
    Weaver/Laura Linney


    Phyllis…….Glenn
    Close/Michelle Pfeiffer/Annette Bening/Kristin Scott Thomas


    Ben…Kevin
    Kline


    Buddy…Nathan
    Lane


    Carlotta…….Debbie
    Reynolds/Stockard Channing/Megan Mullally


    Hattie…….Angela
    Lansbury/Elaine Stritch


    Solange…….Jeanne
    Moreau/Fanny Ardant/Chita Rivera/Dame Shirley Bassey


    Stella…….Terri
    White/Megan Mullally/Margo Martindale


    Heidi…….Ann
    Blyth/Jane Powell


     


    A Little Night Music


    Desiree
    Armfeldt…….Catherine Zeta-Jones/Kristin Scott Thomas


    Frederick
    Egerman…….Colin Firth/Hugh Jackman


    Mme.
    Armfeldt…….Angela Lansbury


    Carl-Magnus
    Mittelheim…….Benedict Cumberbatch


    Charlotte
    Mittelheim…….Emily Blunt


    Anne
    Egerman…….Emmy Rossum


     


    Sunset Boulevard


    Norma
    Desmond…….Glenn Close


    Joe
    Gillis…….Hugh Jackman


    Max
    von Mayerling…….honestly don’t know, shame George Hearn is too old for the part
    now


    Betty
    Schaefer ……. Emily Blunt


     


    My Fair Lady


    Eliza
    Doolittle….. Emily Blunt/ Carey Mulligan


    Professor
    Henry Higgins….. Colin Firth/Ralph Fiennes


    Colonel
    Pickering, Higgins….David Suchet


    Freddy
    Eynsford-Hill….. Rupert Friend


    Mrs.
    Higgins….. Angela Lansbury


    Alfred
    Doolittle….. Alun Armstrong/ Geoffrey Rush


    Mrs.
    Pearce….. Eileen Atkins/Judy Parfitt


    Mrs.
    Eynsford-Hill…..Kristin Scott Thomas/Miranda Richardson


     


    Gypsy


    Rose…..Glenn
    Close/ Annette Bening/ Imelda Staunton


    Herbie…..Boyd
    Gaines/John C. Reilly


    Louise
    ….. Anne Hathaway


     


    I
    would LOVE to see La Cage aux Folles being adapted into a film musical, but I
    don’t know about the cast. Maybe Kevin Kline as Georges and Nathan Lane as
    Albin.


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    Macbeth
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    Jesus Christ Superstar

    Directed by: Mike Nichols

    Jesus Christ……………..Ben Affleck
    Judas Iscariot……………Christian Borle
    Pontius Pilate……………David Bowie
    Mary Magdelane……….Emma Stone
    Caiaphas………………….Kevin Kline
    Annas………………………Kelsey Grammer
    Peter……………………….Andrew Rannells
    King Herod………………Nathan Lane
     

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    Madson Melo
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    So, Cameron Diaz will be Miss Hannigan in Annie. This a weird choice, imo.

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    DamianWayne
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    Any musical with actors who can’t sing or dance who need to sing every line of dialogue and break out in random dance moves. Film will be directed by Tom Hooper and hopefully kill off this terrible genre once and for all.

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    Beau S.
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    The musical genre isn’t terrible – it’s just rarely done properly.

    Tom Hooper was sort of on the right track when it came to returning to singing live. Too bad he did nothing else correctly.

    Movie musicals need to return to the likes of Singin’ in the Rain and West Side Story – live singing from actors prepared to sing and dance. All of the dance numbers done in primarily one shoot, few cuts and full-body shots.

    Musicals in particular need to be based around the performances and let everything role out from there. The director cannot rely on flashy camera angles, big costumes, extravagant set design or attention-grabbing photography to make the film good like Tom Hooper did. Those things can be a plus, but the bulk of the direction must go to pulling out an A+ performance from the cast. Tim Burton’s priority for Sweeney Todd was pulling phenomenal performances out of Johnny Depp, the usually one-note Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohen. Yes, he beefed the film up with his usual terrific set design, makeup, costumes, etc. but only after ensuring that each performance was going to be layered, dimensional and essentially well-sang. The result was not only one of the best musical adaptations of the modern day but also one of Burton’s best films to date.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    Tom Hooper was sort of on the right track when it came to returning to singing live. Too bad he did nothing else correctly.

    Movie musicals need to return to the likes of Singin’ in the Rain and West Side Story – live singing from actors prepared to sing and dance. All of the dance numbers done in primarily one shoot, few cuts and full-body shots.

    I thought having all the actors singing live in Les Mis was gonnabe a disaster, but it ended up actually being incredibly successful.  I think it gave the movie such a strong energy.  My biggest issue with Les Mis (a movie that I, for the most part, greatly enjoyed) was the choppy editing.  The editing, combined with the constant close-ups, made it confusing as to where everyone was and how things came to be.  People would just magically appear out of nowhere from an indeterminable location.

    Editing is CRUCIAL in movie musicals.  The editing needs to be just as choreographed as the actual choreography.  Even the non-musical moments need to be carefully choreographed, because there needs to be a constant rhythm to everything.  And I agree that more full-body shots need to be used.  This is why I think choreographers make the best directors for movie musicals.  People like Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Kenny Ortega, and Rob Marshall know their choreography and know how to make it look good.

    Another thing.  Makers of movie musicals need to stop removing important parts of the plot and substituting them for more flashy musical numbers.  A musical is absolutely NOTHING without the story.  So much incredible material from the musical Dreamgirls was replaced with useless numbers like Love You I Do and Patience (I support the inclusion of Listen).  I won’t even get into how much plot of Nine was massacred.  It’s such a shame, because it is a beautifully filmed movie, but the story was reduced to nothing.

    But at the end of the day, movie musicals just need a director who is fearless and not afraid to film a MUSICAL.  When some people make a musical, it sometimes feels like they’re apologizing for the fact that people are singing.  They seem so hesitant to show people performing musical numbers and try to keep things subtle and natural.  Sorry, folks.  They’re singing and dancing.  Ain’t nothing natural about that.  You have to go full-out, or don’t bother doing it.  It’s like any other genre of movie.  You wouldn’t make Lord of the Rings where Shelob the spider is the size of a regular spider would you?  No.  It’s a fantasy movie.  So you have to play up the fantasy.  So in a musical, you have to play up the musicality and (sometimes) staginess.  

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    Nicole Dunn
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    I agree with with almost all of these Andrew Rannells castings! He was beyond fantastic in TBOM and deserves some sort of major recognition and praise after he only got a Tony nom!

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    Actriz
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    Fun thread!

    Sunset Boulevard
    Directed by Martin Scorsese

    Norma Desmond – Glenn Close
    Joe Gillis – Billy Magnussen
    Max von Mayerling – Alan Rickman
    Betty Schaefer – Brie Larson

    Next to Normal
    Directed by Lynne Ramsay

    Diana Goodman – Idina Menzel
    Dan Goodman – Hugh Jackman
    Natalie Goodman – Emma Stone
    Gabriel Goodman – Jamie Campbell Bower

    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
    Directed by Wes Anderson

    The D’Ysquith Family – Johnny Depp
    Monty Navarro – Daniel Radcliffe
    Phoebe D’Ysquith – Samantha Barks
    Sibella Hallward – Emily Blunt

    Caroline, or Change
    Directed by Ava DuVernay

    Caroline Thibideaux – Audra McDonald
    Emmie Thibideaux – Emayatzy Corinealdi

    The Drowsy Chaperone
    Directed by Baz Luhrmann

    Janet van de Graff – Anne Hathaway
    Man in Chair – Geoffrey Rush
    The Drowsy Chaperone – Glenn Close
    Aldolpho – Hugh Jackman

    Sunday in the Park with George
    Directed by Julian Schnabel

    George – Neil Patrick Harris
    Dot – Martha Plimpton

    Matilda the Musical
    Directed by John Cameron Mitchell

    Matilda Wormwood – Isabelle Allen
    Miss Trunchbull – Kevin Spacey
    Miss Honey – Nicole Kidman
    Mr. Wormwood – James Corden
    Mrs. Wormwood – Kristen Wiig

    Kinky Boots the Musical
    Directed by Adam Shankman

    Lola – Elijah Kelley
    Charlie – Zac Efron
    Lauren – Brie Larson
    Nicola – Keira Knightley

    I’ll do more later!

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    Gypsy


    Rose…..Glenn
    Close/ Annette Bening/ Imelda Staunton


    Herbie…..Boyd
    Gaines/John C. Reilly


    Louise
    ….. Anne Hathaway


     


    That would be amazing. Staunton is doing Rose right now I really want to see her version but Reilly would be perfect as would Hathaway  

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    In the Heights
    Directed by Pedro Almodovar

    Vanessa – Naya Rivera
    Nina – Alexa Vega or maybe Jordin Sparks
    Daniela – Sara Ramirez
    Carla – Karen Olivo
    Benny – Maybe Jeremy Jordan
    Usnavi – a potential breakout role and it should be. It should go to an unknown.

    This is really just because I want nothing more than for Naya Rivera to play Vanessa and Sara Ramirez to play Daniela. I don’t have that strong feelings about any of the other parts. Also hadn’t though of a director until this but now I think Almodovar would be perfect.

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    Idina would be an awful Diana Goodman.

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    Beautiful
    Directed By Ron Howard
    Carole King: Jessie Mueller
    Gerry Goffin: Miles Teller
    Cynthia Weil: Annaleigh Ashford
    Barry Mann: Darren Criss
    Don Kirshner: Leonardo DiCaprio
    Genie Klein: Helen Hunt

    Next to Normal
    Directed By Marc Webb
    Diana Goodman: Anne Hathaway
    Dan Goodman: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Natalie Goodman: English Bernhardt
    Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Goodman: Ansel Elgort
    Henry: Brian Bruno
    Dr. Fine: Brian d’Arcy James
    Dr. Madden: Sebastian Arcelus

    Ragtime
    Directed By Martin Scorsese
    Mother: Michelle Williams
    Coalhouse Walker, Jr.: Joshua Henry
    Tateh: Jake Gyllenhaal
    Father: Patrick Wilson
    Mother’s Younger Brother: Ben Fankhauser
    Sarah: Cynthia Erivo
    Willie Conklin: Colin Farrell
    Grandfather: John Rubinstein

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    WICKED
    Directed by Rob Marshall

    Elphaba: Lady Gaga
    Glinda: Amanda Seyfried
    Fiyero: Taron Egerton
    The Wizard: Kevin Kline
    Madame Morrible: Christine Baranski
    Nessarose: Lily Collins
    Boq: Ben Platt
    Doctor Dillamond: Steve Martin

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    Ragtime the Musical
    Directed by Steven Spielberg
    Mother – Michelle Williams
    Coalhouse – Michael B Jordan if he can sing
    Tateh – Joseph Gordon Levitt
    Father – Hugh Jackman
    Younger Brother – an unknown or me (I’m an unknown)
    Sarah – Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    Evelyn Nesbitt – Emmy Rossum
    Houdini – Channing Tatum
    Emma Goldman – Meryl Streep
    Grandfather – Bill Murray
    Sarah’s Friend – Jennifer Hudson
    Booker T Washington – Taye Diggs
    Willy Conklin – John Goodman
    JP Morgan – Ewan McGregor
    Henry Ford – William H Macy

    The most relevant movie musical today and one that is so criminally underrated. It fits the exact time we are living in. I do not understand why this has not been made yet. Spielberg would bring it to life effortlessly.

    I don’t think Michelle Williams can handle Mother. Back to Before requires a real singer. Having seen her in Cabaret…Williams is not a good fit. I’ve seen two women who could sing that part (the late, great Marin Mazzie and Christiane Noll in the revival.)

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