"I Can See It": Reimagined Revivals With New Casting Concepts

By Ben Rimalower
26 Oct 2013

Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers his suggestions of new casting concepts for revivals of classic musicals. 

With all the chatter about the Roundabout's recent reading of Company, featuring an all-male cast, I started thinking: What are some other recasting concepts I'd like to see? David Merrick famously rejuvenated the original production of Hello, Dolly!, late in its run, by replacing the entire company with an all-black cast led by Pearl Bailey. Along those lines, here are a few ideas I've been fantasizing about for years (I'll let you guess which ones). Some of these may be more fun to think about than to actually produce, but as directors continue to look far and wide for fresh takes on classic shows, I wouldn't be surprised to see any of these on stage!

Click through to read my ideas for new casts of musical revivals.


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