Playbill Poll: What Musical Should Jake Gyllenhaal Do Next? Readers Respond!

News   Playbill Poll: What Musical Should Jake Gyllenhaal Do Next? Readers Respond!
 
Jake Gyllenhaal took us all by surprise in the recent Encores! staging of Little Shop of Horrors, so we thought: What musical should he take on next? Our readers sounded off on Gyllenhaal's future in musical theatre.

Ellen Greene and Jake Gyllenhaal in <i>Little Shop of Horrors</i>
Ellen Greene and Jake Gyllenhaal in Little Shop of Horrors Photo by Joan Marcus

Read our recap of Little Shop of Horrors here!

Billy Dixon: Perchik in the new revival of Fiddler.

The fifth Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof will begin previews at the Broadway Theatre Nov. 12, and casting for most roles has yet to be announced. The production stars Danny Burstein as Tevye with Tony nominee Jessica Hecht as Golde and Adam Kantor as Motel, so there is still time for Gyllenhaal to join the group.

Andrew Parks He would make a dandy Finch in How to Succeed or perhaps Curly in Oklahoma? Might be fun to see him try Freddie in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The last Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! was in 2002, so it may be time for the classic to return to the Great White Way.

Mark Femia: Bobby Strong in a revival of Urinetown

It would be a "Privilege" to have Gyllenhaal headline a revival of Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann's comic musical Urinetown. We think that he'd be great for the fearless revolutionary Bobby Strong (originally played by Hunter Foster on Broadway).

Roman Castillo Jr.: Billy Flynn in Chicago: This show allows a busy actor an opportunity to take on this role for a limited engagement… say 6-8 weeks. Plus, he'd look good in a tux.

Stars are dancing in and out of Chicago (Brandy continues through Aug. 2 in the role of Roxie), so the musical would be a great opportunity for the performer to get on stage for a limited engagement. And, our readers are right — Gyllenhaal would look great in a tux!

Joseph Awad: Brokeback Mountain The Musical
Sean Moran Brokeback The Musical… and serious.

The title pretty much says it all! We'd love to see his Oscar-nominated performance live on stage. An opera based on the short story that inspired the film premiered at Madrid's Teatro Real in 2014.

Matt Welch: Bobby in Company
Stephen James Hart: Bobby in Company.
George Nicolaidis: Bobby in Company

It's been almost ten years since Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company has been revived on Broadway (the last production starred Raúl Esparza in 2006). We're anxious to hear Gyllenhaal's performance of "Being Alive."

Lindsay Wilczynski: Hedwig!
Antero Blanco: Hedwig!!!!

Only the sexiest (and sassiest) males of Broadway have stepped into the high heels of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (John Cameron Mitchell even compared each stud to a Marvel or DC Comics superhero!) By looks alone, we think that Gyllenhaal would be fitting for the job.

James Shamus Rock: Fiyero in Wicked!

Who wouldn't mind Gyllenhaal "Dancing Through Life"?

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