Which Role in a Broadway Revival Would You Most Like to Play?; Over 80 Actors Respond
By Andrew Gans
July 17, 2013
Playbill.com posed this question to over 80 theatre actors: If you could star in a Broadway revival of any play or musical, which show and role would you choose?
Answers were culled from recent interviews as well as previous "Diva Talk" and "Stage Views" columns.
Click through to read responses from Tony winners Betty Buckley, Victoria Clark, BD Wong, Debbie Gravitte and Randy Graff, Tony nominees Alison Fraser, Judy Kuhn, Kathleen Chalfant, Robin De Jesus, Melissa Errico, Willy Falk, Stephanie D'Abruzzo and Howard McGillin as well as Wesley Taylor, Telly Leung, Max von Essen and many, many more.
I would most like to play Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun in a real Wild West Show version of the show in a rodeo arena. That is, I'd like to recreate the Wild West Show as the main event with horses and the best Wild West Acts we could find. Then I could put my two greatest loves together in the perfect work experience, that is tour with my horses in a show!
Or, let's see, I'd like to play all the parts in West Side Story with Jason Robert Brown playing all of the orchestrations on piano. : )
Or, bring Gillian Lynne's beautifully directed version of Dear World to Broadway. Or I'd like to direct Into the Woods or play Sweeney in Sweeney Todd.
I've always wanted to take a crack at Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, but I know that a Broadway production will likely cast a movie star ever since Rex Harrison put his stamp on the role. But I do feel I'd like to play the part someday, somewhere.
Jenna Leigh Green
Well, my ultimate dream would be to create a role that becomes a classic. However, if I could choose anything, Les Miz has always been my favorite show. I would pretty much do anything to get the chance to be in it in any capacity. Hair hag, Whore #1, or hell, I would sing a mean "Stars." We can gender bend, right?
Lady in the Dark, 1941. Gorgeous score by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin, book by Moss Hart. Originally starred Gertrude Lawrence, Victor Mature, Danny Kaye. Fantastic show written by three superlative theater artists in their prime, and a beautiful show about self-discovery, self-mastery, forgiveness, and ultimately victory over our own defenses and doubts that hold us back from reaching our potential.
I'm hoping to bring my Modern Major General to Broadway next year in the revamped Pirates of Penzance called Pirates! We've already worked on it at Goodspeed, Paper Mill and the Huntington. Now the Muny is getting behind us, and it's a role I would adore to bring to New York. I would also love to play Max von Meyerling in a revamped and cut down version of Sunset Boulevard. I did the first national (Joseph Jefferson nomination) and won the Helen Hayes Award for the Signature Theatre version, but I never got to do it in New York. I would love that.
The show/part that has been on my mind of late is Anna in The King & I. I think it is such a masterpiece, and I feel like now is the time for me to play that part. Even though it is written about another time and place that feel so distant, it really speaks to the times we live in now. We continue to need lessons in acceptance and understanding difference. It's also been so long since I have done a big, classic Broadway musical!
I'm gonna go with…True West by Sam Shepard. I didn't get to see it in 2000 with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly, but if I could travel back in time, I would stand in line for tickets. Then I would gradually befriend both of them and somehow convince them that I should clearly be included in the rotating cast…focusing on Austin, of course.
I love this question! I get to play imaginary deep pocket producer! My choice would be a fabulously lush version of that valentine to a gentler New York, Lindsay and Crouse's adaptation of Life With Father, Clarence Day's autobiographical book of essays about growing up in New York around the turn of the century. The one before this last turn, I mean. I would be Vinnie the matriarch in a very becoming red Gibson wig and splendidly corseted gowns. I would get to be sweet and maternal and beloved, something I don't get to do very often on stage. And Father would be a handlebar mustachioed Kevin Spacey, because just imagining his apoplectic fits of confused pomposity is making me giggle. Then, after it is a huge success, it would become a big budget network tv series, but Kevin of course would be too busy with other commitments, so Maxwell Caulfield will take over the lead because who knew he was so hilarious? It will run long enough to go into healthy runs of syndication, and perhaps I will buy a beautifully appointed house high on the hill in Bel Air overlooking that fantastic canyon. But in case you were talking about musicals, Liza Elliott in Lady in the Dark is a dream role and it has never been revived on Broadway. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Christine Ebersole and Donna Murphy, I know. But a girl can dream can't she?
S.U.N.S.E.T. B.O.U.L.E.V.A.R.D!! It would be fun to play Norma Desmond and see the show from her perspective. Since I played Betty Schaefer in the original Broadway cast, it seems such a daring venture to go from good girl to femme fatale!
Ooh there are so many!!! Mame in Mame, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeny Todd, Miss Hannigan in Annie, and lots more! I would love to do Norma Desmond again!
Konstantin Treplev/The Seagull. All actors love Chekhov, let's face it. The characters are so satisfying to play.
The King and I was my mother’s obsession. She must have seen the film 20 times. As a young child, I went with her. My mom has a gorgeous voice, and I grew up listening to her singing the songs from the score. So, I guess I have always wanted to play Anna - a challenging role with such gorgeous, soaring melodies.
If I had a chance to play Coco Chanel in Coco in a Broadway revival, I would be in heaven. Having played the part at the York Theatre, I know what an undiscovered treasure the score is, what a tour de force her character is, but I would dearly love to see those costumes and sets that only Broadway can provide!
When I was in high school in rural Ohio, I used to lock myself in my farmhouse bedroom and put on Len Cariou’s makeup from Sweeney Todd. Picture me as a 17-year-old girl, face powdered, eyes bruised with shadow, holding a curling iron above my head, screaming 'At Last — My Arm Is Complete Again!!’ In summary, I think I’d be fantastic as Snoopy in Peanuts.
Well, let's pretend they didn't just do a knock-out revival of Death of a Salesman. As long as we're dreaming, I would like to play Linda. It is my favorite American play and when I saw Linda Emond do it, I wanted to play it even more. She brought an inner strength and dignity to Linda that made me understand the role even more clearly. I think I've lived on the planet long enough now to be able to get under that character's skin.
Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! I had the opportunity to play Dolly at the MUNY in 2007. We had a great time, but next time it would be wonderful to do it indoors, no rain, no bugs and with more rehearsal time. Dolly is one of the iconic leading ladies in musical theater. There's that gorgeous Jerry Herman score and speeches that are right out of The Matchmaker. And then there's the "shtick." Oh, that's one I'd like to sink my teeth into again. Hopefully without crunching on a mosquito!
Finally, if they ever do a revival of The Light in the Piazza and if Adam Guettel is generous enough to lower the score a bit, I would love to play Margaret. For me, Margaret is the juiciest leading lady of the 21st century thus far and was played to perfection by Victoria Clark. Her journey in this gorgeous musical... so full of surprises and lessons to be learned. If nothing else, just to get to sing, "Love if you can my Clara. Love if you can and be loved."
I am a big Betty Buckley fan, and I remember seeing a short-lived Broadway show that she was in called Triumph of Love (also starring a stellar cast that included Susan Egan, Nancy Opel, and F. Murray Abraham). It was a true ensemble piece. It was a musical farce - and charming in every way. Christopher Sieber played the character of Agis in the show, and has some beautiful music to sing - so I'd love to have a stab at that. But, I wouldn't mind also hamming it up as Harlequin, which was originally played by the brilliant Roger Bart.
There are soooooo many roles that I would love to perform! I would love to play Aldonza again (I was fortunate to understudy and perform the role in the last Broadway revival) because she's so strong yet vulnerable and undergoes such a transformation. She's open and because of that, her soul is accessed and she is able to be enlightened. Being open, vulnerable, truthful and wearing your emotions on your sleeve is such a wonderful feeling, but her journey is more than just raw emotion. There's a deeper connection for her in finding and accepting her vulnerability that ultimately empowers her.
I would love to play Anna in The King and I. I've always been fascinated by her, as we watch a woman bravely going to a new culture and sticking to her convictions about how people should be treated. She makes me laugh because she is nobody's fool and just knows her mind. Her own husband has just died, and she is a mother. I love that she opens a new door for herself, has a second chance in life, and learns to love again- she lets love come to her with natural and true delight. She is mature and has a mature story to tell, with a sense of humor and wit that can only come from having seen the harder sides of life and chosen to be plucky in life. Anna has so much playfulness, wisdom, kindness and integrity to bring to others. She forges a new path for herself and has such spirit- oh yes, with wonderful songs and dresses! I do like dresses… Also, one more thing: the mother in Street Scene.
That is an interesting question. I just missed the Carousel revival and Billy Bigelow is a role I love playing. So that is on my list. Brigadoon (Tommy), Chess (Anatoly), City of Angels (either Stone or Stein). I'm not picky, I like a wide variety of the classics.
As far as a classic role I would like to play, I have said for years I would cut my hair off to play Peter Pan or Saint Joan...that ship has sailed! But I always felt I could be Georgie in The Full Monty until I was Jeanette! There is always Mrs. Lovett, yo, says Squeaky the other Sondheim redhead!
Natalie Joy Johnson
How much time do you have?? There are so many classic roles that I love! Not the least of which is Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! I also love Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. But secret dream role that I’d be totally willing to lose 30 pounds for? Dot in Sunday in the Park With George! “We do not beloooooooooonnnnngggg together!!! And we should have belooonnnged….” I can’t! I love it so much!!!
I am not sure all that many peple even know this show, but I have always had a jones to revive The Robber Bridegroom. Rumor has it someone is beating me to it. I have always wanted to play Salome... O.K., so not that I am all that beautiful, but I thought it would make it so interesting if an attractive woman played her and you saw that it was the way she acted that made her ugly — you know, like Snow White's witch instead of the Wicked Witch of the West!
Polly in Crazy for You. A childhood dream that I would still love to fulfill!
Max von Essen
When I was younger, I fell in love with Chita Rivera, Brent Carver, and the entire production of Kiss of the Spider Woman. I think it is due for an exciting, re-imagined revival and I would absolutely love to play the role of Molina. It would be a dream come true.
If they ever revive The King and I, I would love a crack at Mrs. Anna!
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka
There are so, so many. If it were a musical, I'd like to do Tobias in Sweeney Todd or Frankie Epps in Parade. I'd also really like to play Billy in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? by Edward Albee or Marchbanks in Candida.
Insert literary sigh here: My three top wishes have all been done — West Side, Bye Bye Birdie and Cabaret. What remains is Chicago. Rosie, Sally, Velma, Roxie....these are all roles which would be delicious for me to take on. But there are so many new pieces being born; I believe there to be a perfect fit of a part out there that wants and needs my care. This includes TV series.
I've always wanted to be Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Getting to be any Disney princess would be lovely, haha!
Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. I witnessed all of my best girls bleed, sweat and cry over Getting. That. Part. It was so inspiring. Yes. Fanny Brice is a nailing-it role.
Excuse me while I chuckle at the sweet naïve notion of this question. Okay, I'm done chuckling and now I am sheepishly serious. One of my desired revival roles is Mary in Merrily We Roll Along. Yeah, I know. It's being done at Encores! Another is Ella in Bells Are Ringing. Again, I know. Done last year at Encores! It'd also be big fun to play Alexa in As Bees in Honey Drown, or Doris in Same Time, Next Year. And looking forward to my inevitable aging, in a decade or two perhaps I could take stabs at Vera in Mame, Pennywise in Urinetown, or even Christopher Durang's Sister Mary Ignatius. (Now it's the Internet's turn to chuckle.) Of course, Broadway may say no, but perhaps regional theatre will allow.
But, really, roles in new work are always something I covet most, especially by great voices like Theresa Rebeck. I've often said that perhaps my dream role hasn't been written yet.
Matt Cavenaugh and Jenny Powers
Matt Cavenaugh and Jenny Powers
It's funny. Jenny and I play this game often. I would love for us to do Carousel. (Matt)
Matt and I had the time of our lives doing the recent "revisal" of It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman down at the Dallas Theatre Center. I played the crazy gossip columnist, Sydney Sharp, who pines after Clarke Kent. What's better than getting to seduce your husband on stage every night while singing "You've Got Possibilities"?!! (Jenny)
Well, it's for purely selfish reasons...but Pirates of Penzance! I cringe as I write that, but it's just a guilty pleasure. I played Frederick in a high-school production, and it was one of the most fun plays I've done. Nix the operatic style of singing it for a more legit feel, let a team like Simon Phillips & Ross Coleman at it, and who knows what could happen? I'd love to play Frederick, and might wet myself a little if Kevin Kline came back to play The Pirate King. You guessed it...I'm a dork.
The most fun I've had onstage was in Minnie's Boys at the York, which introduced me to the Marx Brothers. The show never got its due in 1971, but we were lucky enough to work with many of its creators who made revisions during our short run. There's been talk of bringing it back for a while, and I'd love to see that come to fruition — playing Julius [Groucho] Marx. I also wouldn't mind taking a crack at Jacques in a revival of Kander and Ebb's The Happy Time.
Vy Higginsen and Knoelle Higginson
Vy Higginsen (Producer Mom) and Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson (Actress Daughter)
Vy: I am not a singer, so forget musicals. I would like to play the archetypal mom in Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson. I co-produced the original production of Joe Turner's Come and Gone on Broadway, and love the way August Wilson wrote about all the different colors and shades of Black people.
Ahmaya Knoelle: I would love to see a Black vs. Puerto Rican version of West Side Story with fabulous choreography and a soul twist to the arrangement of the music. I could play Maria — my voice range would be perfect, and I'd bring some new and different colors and shades to that role.
I would love to see The Secret Garden revived. I just loved it the first time around...I think I was nine years old when it opened, and it was my dream to play Mary. I guess I am just a little too old now, so I'd have to say I would want to play Martha or Lily. What a glorious score.
It may sound funny, but in the future I would love to play "Tevye" in Fiddler on the Roof. His talks with God (and the audience) are a wonderful part of classic musical theatre. Also "Alfred Doolittle" in My Fair Lady… "With a Little Bit of Luck" and "Get Me to the Church on Time"... he has the song and dance numbers that steal the show!
When I was in college, if I wasn't listening to a show by Sondheim, I was listening to any show by Maltby and Shire. Now, while I've had the honor and pleasure of being in several Sondheim shows (including my stint on Broadway as Hero in ...Forum), I still haven't done any Maltby and Shire! Though, I did get to work with Richard Maltby when he directed The Story of My Life on Broadway, but I never got to tell him how much I would love to be Nick in Baby, or either guy in Closer Than Ever or Starting Here, Starting Now. Other musicals: I would also like to play Paul in Carnival (I grew attached to the part after doing it at The Kennedy Center several years ago), Alfred/Sam in Romance/Romance, Charlie Brown in either show with Charlie Brown in it, and I would give (almost) anything for someone to take a chance on The Story of My Life again, so I could play Alvin Kelby. As far as plays...there are too many to list, but I'd like to revisit some Chekhov, play Iago, and do any of the roles in the plays that inspired me when I was younger...now that I'm old enough to play them!
My dream role is Sweeney Todd. Vengeance, madness, and Sondheim's menacing score — what more could a performer ask for?
Donna Lynne Champlin
It's so funny, most of the ones I'd love to do have recently been done, and marvelously so. 110 in the Shade (Lizzy), Sunday in the Park (Dot), Merrily We Roll Along ...so I'll just say, my truest dream is that someone finally writes a musical based on "Muriel's Wedding" or "Bridget Jones" and casts me as Muriel or Bridget before I'm in a walker.
In a fantasy world I think it's about time we get Dreamgirls back on the boards starring me as Effie White. But more realistically, I just want to go back in time so I can fulfill my childhood dream of a lifetime in Les Miserables…I'll start out as Gavroche til I grow into Enjolras and naturally assume Javert when the grey starts to show. I used to sing the whole of "Javert's Suicide" on the high dive at the local pool before jumping off...I’m beginning to wonder if this may not be the sophisticated sort of answer you were looking for…
I just did a reading of The Real Inspector Hound at the Roundabout. I'd love to see that fully mounted. Maybe with Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth. Plus a production of Sweeney Todd should be running at all times, and I should be playing Sweeney.
Kate Jennings Grant
Without a doubt, the dream role on Broadway would be Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that redefined the journey of the American woman with humor and profound intelligence. It's time for a new generation to experience Wendy Wasserstein's groundbreaking play. I had a chance to work on that role a few years ago in the Berkshires, and it remains one of my all-time favorites.
What I would like is a great, original show... I started out doing revivals, which was wonderful as I worked with the original creators and producers.....Herman Levin, the original producer of My Fair Lady, ...Richard Rodgers, Billy Hammerstein and Agnes de Mille re-created my Oklahoma!, and George Abbott at 96 directed On Your Toes... It would be my wish to continue and end my career creating something new for the musical theatre...
It's a hard question. I was raised with old classic musicals, so I have always dreamed of playing many of them. Especially the parts of my childhood hero, John Raitt, like Billy Bigelow in Carousel and Sid Sorokin in Pajama Game. Those, however, are a few years off for me still. I would also love Show Boat to be revived. I love that show and would love to play Gaylord Ravenal in a few years.
Years ago I did a production of Shenandoah and played James. But years have passed, and now I'm coming into the age to play Charlie Anderson, the father. I've always loved that score.
Cody Scott Lancaster
Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party in the role of Burrs. It was Off-Broadway and immediately became one of my favorite albums (I think I sang every single Burrs song in college at some point). Also, there has yet to be a stage version of it, but one of my biggest dreams is to play Max Goof in the musical version of "A Goofy Movie" (A Goofy Musical, perhaps?), which is, in my opinion, the most underrated Disney film of all time. Disney Theatricals, if you're listening: I'm your guy!
Well, I'm always up for any role in a good revival of 1776 or ... Forum or Guys and Dolls or The Music Man. Well, maybe not any role in Music Man. I look good in red. I'm surprised Of Thee I Sing isn't revived more — the Gershwin score is sublime and the book by Kaufman and Ryskind could have been written yesterday with how it still applies to all things political in America. And, who wouldn't want to play the President? A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine is a good one due for revival — heck, I'd even play the maid — and I suppose it's only a matter of time before we see revivals of Grand Hotel and Titanic. There's also a show that Frank Loesser wrote called Senor Discretion that I did at Arena Stage several years ago, and the score is just one great song after another. I'd love to get to do it on Broadway.
I have been waiting for a revival of Camelot to play Lancelot, but if it doesn't happen soon, I'll have to play the role of Arthur. I toured with a streamlined version of the show starring Lou Diamond Phillips, and have always loved the themes and lines in the show, such as when Pellinore says: Who is that, Arthur? ARTHUR: One of what we all are, Pelly. Less than a drop in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea. But it seems some of the drops sparkle, Pelly. Some of them do sparkle! Run, boy! Run! That once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.
There are so many! But one of my favorite shows of all time is Into the Woods. If it was revived again, I would love to play Cinderella. (Or depending on how long it is until then, maybe the Baker's Wife!)
Well, I keep talking about it, but I was involved with an amazing production of Chess at the Signature Theatre in Arlington. I played Freddy opposite Jill Paice and Euan Morton. I would love that to come in and soon!
Jacquelyn Piro Donovan
Funny that you should ask. I was just discussing this with a director friend. In the past year I have had the opportunity to play Dolly in Hello, Dolly! twice, and I have fallen in love with that show. I know how much everyone equates that show with Carol Channing, because she is a Goddess, but I do think there is room for that show to be completely reimagined and revived. It is really one of the great American classics, and I would love to see it back on Broadway, capturing a new audience. Of course, I want to play Dolly in this dream…would be incredible.
Tommy Tune and Jeff Calhoun
Any musical that Stephen Sondheim would be involved in. I've never worked with him and hope it's still a possibility.
I'd always love to play Evita again. Or Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls! Gah! I'd love to do that.
I'd love to see a Full Monty revival; I'd, of course, love to play Jerry in it!!
Hmmmm...definitely Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jimmy. Les Miserables, Marius (though I'm more an Enjolras probably). In the Heights, Benny (yeah, I said it...). Miss Saigon, Chris. That's enough, right? Let's start there ;)
Raymond J. Lee
I have two dream roles that I am trying hard to manifest into reality. The first role I would love to play would be Leo Bloom in The Producers. I relate to his character a lot and think it would be an absolute blast to bring him to life. He’s dorky, vulnerable, sweet, and he gets to sing so many wonderful songs. “I Wanna Be A Producer” is definitely one of my shower songs. My other dream role belongs to the show that introduced me to Broadway: Rent. I have been a Renthead since high school! Besides the powerful messages in the story, the show proved to me that you could have more of a pop/rock sound and still make it onto Broadway. It would be an absolute dream to play the role of Mark, especially since I basically live my life with a video camera attached to my hand (if you’ve ever seen my YouTube channel or all the backstage videos I’ve created).
I'd love to see Long Day's Journey Into Night revived and would kill to play Edmund in any production of that piece. O'Neill has a special place in my heart, and you better believe I'd be in the front row for any revival of this play. Though seeing the front row from the stage would be even better!
It’s a toss up between Leo Frank in Parade and Mickey in Blood Brothers. I think the alternating casting idea that was used in the 2000 revival of True West would be a fun approach to casting the twins...anyone?...anyone?...
Just get me back there! But, if you're giving me the choice… I'd sell my kidney to play Candide, George in Sunday in the Park with George, the Baron in Grand Hotel or Archibald in The Secret Garden.
Hmm, this is a tough one as I am currently working on a show I've always wanted to see revived...and usurping the role of the Emcee from the incredible Alan Cumming seems a bit far-fetched. Although it was just done on Broadway, it has always been a dream of mine to play Tony in West Side Story. I am a big fan of revisiting the classics, shaking them up and finding something new...Or maybe a totally twisted version of something like Side Show — only with two brothers. OK, now that is far-fetched.
Ahhh…this is a little tricky for me to answer, in that I love musical theater with the white-hot passion of a thousand suns, but unfortunately do not possess the skill-set normally associated with successful musical theater performers (i.e., can't dance a lick and am a serviceable singer at best). However, I burn to play Vera Charles in Mame. God, I love listening to Bea Arthur on the OBC. She is simply magnificent, and I take heart from her example of a successful musical theater performer who maybe didn't fit the mold. Also, I would adore playing Dottie in Noises Off and Phyllis in Alan Ayckbourn's Season's Greetings. Man, those are funny plays.
Easy. I want to revive Full Gallop and long to play Diana Vreeland. You did not ask me if I actually thought this could happen.
Gosh, I'd like to play Lucky in Waiting for Godot. I'd kill to play Lady M, appropriately enough. Any of the women of our beautiful American, Tennessee Williams. I am originally from Laurel, Mississippi, and feel particularly tied to his work. It goes without saying I hope to play Masha in Chekhov's Three Sisters. I'd love to work on a revival of any of Craig Lucas' work. This list is one that goes on and on... It is difficult to stop there. But I will.
Robin De Jesús
Considering that I will probably never play Caroline in Caroline, or Change, I would love to play Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. That show was so much fun to watch, and Norbert Leo Butz was so ridiculously wonderful in it. Hopefully, Jack O'Brien would be willing to direct again!
You know, I’d love to see a revival of The Robber Bridegroom. I’ve got wonderful memories of the show. Also, "Big Head" is my dream role.
There are a few I would love, but these are the bees knees… Sweeney Todd playing Mrs. Lovett, Cats playing Grizabella… Tommy playing Mrs. Walker.
Triumph of Love — hands down. I don't think it got a fair shake in its first Broadway incarnation. I stood by for the two younger women, but would love to take on Hesione, the aging, philosophical, closeted romantic.
Mary Gordon Murray
I played Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret for Reprise in Los Angeles last year. It was a really wonderful production, directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. If they scooped that up and brought it to town, that would be dandy with me!!!!
In all honesty I think it's time for a revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. When I did the show in 1999, a whole new generation was introduced to the brilliant life observations of Charles Schulz and the amazing lyrics and music that Clark Gesner wrote for the show. (The additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa were also so wonderful!) People still come up to me and want to talk about how much the musical stayed with them and, of course, the chance to play Lucy Van Pelt again would be a joy!
I would love to see The Matchmaker revived, and since you asked, I'd like to play Mrs. Dolly Levi. I read the play again recently, and Thornton Wilder's words inspired one of the great heroines in musical theatre history for a reason. Dolly's original voice sings, too, without a note of music. But since you asked, I wouldn't mind a Hello, Dolly! revival either. I'm totally available.
I would love to see something unique and inventive from Tommy Tune’s heyday — where actors and movement and staging really drove the story. It would be foolhardy to even tiptoe into Michael Jeter’s shoes as Otto Kringelein in Grand Hotel, but I think it would be divine. Or Legs Diamond. And I’d promise to open with less than 72 previews.
Alexi Kaye Campbell's Apologia, which was done at the Bush Theatre in London, provides a fabulous vehicle for a woman my age in the role of Kristin. The plot revolves around, one, Kristin's 60th birthday party to which her sons and their significant others have been invited, and, two, the publication of her memoir, a theoretical defense of a life she will claim was always guided by defined principles after she divorced her husband and moved to Italy, but her memoir does not mention her children. Before Apologia, he wrote The Pride, which was produced in NY at MCC. I also love the role of Mrs. Rich in The Beau Defeated, written in 1700 by Mary Pix; it is a marvelous Restoration Comedy piece. The play perhaps never had the attention it deserved because it was written by a woman, but that should not be the case nowadays. There, too, is Lorca's Bernarda Alba, and then the Shakespearean role I have always coveted is Cleopatra. But I tend to take interesting work wherever I'm offered it. This is a fertile time for an actor, layered as we are with two-thirds of our lives behind us. It is not a time to waste sitting at home waiting for the perfect part to come along.
I would love to play Tom in a great Broadway production of A Glass Menagerie.
I am really ready to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd.
Sean Patrick Hopkins
I've never done a Sondheim show. I know it was here recently, but I'd love to do Bobby in Company.
I really wanted to do Anything Goes. Just a role that I love, but alas, that overly talented girl got it!.……And I do think I can say that I am now ready to tackle Mama Rose.
I've always wanted to play The Baker in Into the Woods (I know it's been revived a bunch!) and Charley Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along...and I'd love to play Eugene Morris Jerome in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues.
I would love to play Carmen in a revival of Oscar Hammerstein II's Carmen Jones.
I would love to play Oliver in a revival of Oliver! on Broadway. When I was seven, I played him at Tarrytown Music Hall when I did a workshop at Random Farms Kids' Theater.
I would like to see a revival of A Delicate Balance on Broadway and I'd love to play Agnes.
The Who's Tommy really turned me on to Des McAnuff as a director, and I wore that cast recording CD out! I saw the BC/EFA, Actors' Fund reunion benefit concert performed at The August Wilson Theatre a few years ago — blew me away. Brought me to tears. It was like a religious experience. Everyone that night was buzzing about how much they would love to see a revival. I would love to play any role I'm right for in that. There are just certain shows where people say, "I'd play a tree in the up-stage left corner." Tommy is one those shows!
I would love to play Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain. Or Peter Evans in the play Bug by Tracy Letts. I didn't see it when it played Off-Broadway and have always wanted to.
F. Michael Haynie
My favorite shows and characters are the new ones being written every day by the phenomenal writers and teams working here in New York, but that's not the answer you're asking for, so: I would love to be a part of reviving Sweeney Todd again. When you watch the video of George Hearn and Angela Lansbury, or listen to the cast recording with Len Cariou, the score alone begs to be heard live! Then add the spectacular book, the ensemble-driven story, the horror, the Broadway orchestra, and you're ready to go. Standing on stage at the Gershwin every night I imagine what it must have sounded like when the company bellowed, "Swing your razor wide," into the sea of patrons. To be a part of remounting that mammoth production would be a dream. And since I'm not quite old enough to try and tackle Sweeney, I'd want to play Toby. Getting the opportunity to play Toby would be a challenge that would excite me eight times a week. What a strange and deranged and unique role to tackle. Plus, Sondheim is always a good answer!
I Do! I Do!...the role of Agnes...opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell!!! I saw the OBC in 1965...fell in love with the score and the role! And, can we talk about Brian Stokes...a leading lady's dream come true!!!!
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Ever since I played Young Cosette in Les Miz, I have wanted to play Eponine. It's probably too soon to revive it now, but maybe by the time I get old enough!
I'd love to revive Kate in [Andrew] Lippa's Wild Party, or Sally Bowles in Cabaret. "Life of the Party" and "Maybe This Time" are two of my favorite songs to sing, so doing them every night would be a dream come true!
This was only recently revived, and revived very beautifully I