Which Broadway Show Would You Love to See with an All-Female Cast?

News   Which Broadway Show Would You Love to See with an All-Female Cast? St. Ann's Warehouse is currently presenting the Donmar Warehouse's revelatory production of Shakespeare's Henry IV, which features an all-female cast directed by Phyllida Lloyd. We thought it would be fun to ask our readers which shows they'd love to see performed by all-female casts.

Some readers couldn't contain their excitement over the idea:

Newsies:

Jeremy Jordan and cast in <i>Newsies</i>
Jeremy Jordan and cast in Newsies Photo by Deen Van Meer

 

Newsies is a musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman. The show is described as such: "Based on the 1992 Disney film, Newsies is the tale of newsboy Jack Kelly who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies his army of newsies to strike." Perhaps an all-female version of the popular musical would find heroine Jacqueline Kelly in similar dire straits. We'd love to see an all-female rendition of "Carrying the Banner!"

Les Misérables:

Kyle Scatliffe and cast of <i>Les Misérables</i>
Kyle Scatliffe and cast of Les Misérables Photo by Matthew Murphy

Les Misérables is a musical with a book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, music by Schonberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. The show is described as such: "Relentless policeman Javert pursues escaped convict Jean Valjean over decades through the tumult of revolutionary France. Valjean becomes a mayor, agrees to raise the daughter of dying prostitute and joins the fight for freedom. Based on Victor Hugo's epic novel." We think the best part of an all-female reimagining of the show would be a re-envisioning of Jean Valjean and Javert's "Confrontation," perhaps performed by Audra McDonald and Sherie Rene Scott.

The Book of Mormon:

The original company of <i>Book of Mormon</i>
The original company of Book of Mormon Photo by Joan Marcus

The Book of Mormon is a musical comedy with a book, music and lyrics by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The show is described as such: "Two young Mormons embark on a mission to spread the gospel in Uganda." An all-female version of the Tony Award-winning show would feature Mormon missionaries Sister Price and Sister Cunningham. We would absolutely love to see a performance of "Turn it Off" led by Dames at Sea star Eloise Kropp as Sister McKinley.

1776:

William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Betty Buckley and John Fink in <i>1776</i>
William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Betty Buckley and John Fink in 1776

1776 is a musical with music, lyrics and concept by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone. The show revolves around the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and dramatizes John Adams' attempts to persuade his colleagues to stand behind American independence and sign the document. We're ready to see some of our Founding Fathers reimagined as Founding Mothers.

Sweeney Todd:

Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou in the original Broadway production of <i>Sweeney Todd</i>
Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou in the original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd is a dark musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. The show is described as such: "A barber who was unjustly imprisoned for years by a corrupt judge returns to England bent on revenge — a revenge that turns indiscriminately murderous, leading his resourceful accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, to bake the victims into meat pies." In the most recent Broadway revival, Adolfo Pirelli, a role usually performed by a male actor, was performed by Donna Lynne Champlin. A possible dream female Sweeney? Emily Skinner.

Hamilton:

The cast of <i>Hamilton</i>
The cast of Hamilton Photo by Joan Marcus

Hamilton is a new musical with a book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show is described as such: "From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become." We think Angelica Schuyler put it best when she said, "I'm 'a compel him to include women in the sequel!"

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