What Film or TV Star Would You Like to See on Broadway This Season? Playbill Readers Pick Their Favorites

By Michael Gioia
27 Aug 2012

Mark Wahlberg

Jean Mark Favorin: Mark Wahlberg in Li'l Abner.

Wahlberg, a two-time Oscar nominee for his performances in "The Fighter" and "The Departed," would take on the title role in Li'l Abner, the musical based on Al Capp's comic strip of the same name. The actor, producer and former rapper, known in his early years as Marky Mark — who got his start with New Kids on the Block and later became frontman of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch — clearly has the musical chops for Li'l Abner, the strapping, yet simple-minded, star of the 1950s musical. A revival of the musical would give Wahlberg his Broadway debut. 

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