In What Role Would You Like to See Ariana Grande Return to Broadway?

Polls   In What Role Would You Like to See Ariana Grande Return to Broadway? Ariana Grande made her Broadway debut in 2008 as part of the cast of Jason Robert Brown's 13. After Gloria Estefan revealed Grande was among her picks to portray her in On Your Feet, the new musical about the Grammy-winning musician's life, Playbill.com wondered: What role would you like to see Ariana Grande play on Broadway?
Ariana Grande
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Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter asking them to share their choices for the role they'd like to see Ariana Grande take on for her Broadway return.

Here are some reader responses followed by our own commentary.

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Maria Commoss: I could see her as Audrey in Little Shop because she slays Suddenly Seymour
Lea Passione: Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors
Aaron Abella: Little Shop of Horrors!!!!!

Ellen Greene originated the role of Audrey, who performs the heartfelt solo "Somewhere That's Green," in the Off-Broadway production of Little Shop, a role she repeated on screen. Kerry Butler played the role in the 2003 Broadway revival.

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Madison: Eponine!

Hannah Czaplicki: Maybe Eponine or idk. there are so many options.

The role of cynical but street-smart Eponine in Les Misérables was another reader choice. Frances Ruffelle originated this role in London and on Broadway; the part was later tackled by Kerry Butler, Lea Salonga and Celia Keenan-Bolger, among many others. Tony Award winner Nikki M. James plays Eponine in the latest revival, now running at the Imperial Theatre.

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Kayte Grace: Clearly, there needs to be a 13 revival!

Jason Robert Brown's teen musical 13 had a short life on Broadway, playing just over a hundred performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in 2008, but it has since become a cult favorite. Grande got her break in the show playing Charlotte. She might be a little old for the part now - but anything is possible in the theatre, right?

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Carlos Iriarte Estrella: Elphaba in Wicked!

If/Then star Idina Menzel originated the role of Elphaba on Broadway, "Defying Gravity" and getting a Tony for her trouble. The not-so Wicked Witch of the West has since been brought to life by Ana Gasteyer, Stephanie J. Block and Lindsay Mendez, with Christine Dwyer currently donning the iconic black hat. Could Grande be next?

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Jason Eric Testa: Glinda in Wicked!

Or would Grande be better to suited to the role of Glinda, the Good Witch? Kristin Chenoweth originated as Wicked's other and equally "Popular" heroine.

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kylieee: Spring Awakening.

A hit at the Atlantic Theater Company Off-Broadway, Spring Awakening transferred to the Eugene O'Neill and rode to eight Tony wins, including Best Musical. "Glee" star Lea Michele played Wendla, an adolescent discovering her sexuality.

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Josh Waterfield: if rent ever comes back I think she should be Maureen!

Idina again! Menzel starred as Maureen in Jonathan Larson's Rent, first Off-Broadway and then at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway. Notable Broadway replacements include Sherie Rene Scott and Eden Espinosa. In the most recent Off-Broadway revival, Annaleigh Ashford tackled the role.

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Johnny J. Gordon: Amber in Hairspray, Cosette in Les Miserables, or Mona (Lipshitz) from Chicago.

Laura Bell Bundy originated the role of Amber Von Tussle, Tracy Turnblad's blonde arch-nemesis, in Hairspray on Broadway. Les Miz is also back on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre, and the revival of Chicago continues its record-breaking run.

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