What Musical Would You Like to See Receive a Sequel? Playbill Readers Pick Their Favorites
18 Sep 2012
Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked.
Tony winners The Phantom of the Opera, currently at Broadway's Majestic Theatre, and Annie, which will return to Broadway at the Palace Theatre, have both received a "Part Two" with the respective sequels Love Never Dies and Annie Warbucks. We wondered: What other musicals should continue after the curtain comes down?
Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter, asking what musical they would like to see receive a sequel and why? Some readers even threw in titles and ideal casting choices.
Here are some reader responses followed by our own commentary:
Rylie Gendron: I would personally love to see a sequel to Wicked, showing the lives of Fiyero and Elphaba while trying to stay out of sight, and showing Glinda's new life as "Glinda the Good" while trying to cope with the loss of her two friends. I would definitely see that.
The Tony Award-nominated hit musical Wicked, which currently plays at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre, was the top choice among the Facebook world. Another Facebook-er, Kim Carter, suggested that the Wicked creatives should simply musicalize "Son of A Witch," Gregory Maguire's sequel to "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" (Wicked's source material). Facebook user Mara Sandroff also pointed Playbill Facebook users to AfterWicked.com, a website dedicated to a "fanfictionish" sequel entitled The If Duology, inspired by Wicked and the novels of Maguire. With the international success of Wicked, the untold story of the iconic witches of Oz, it may be a great time for a Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman reunion. And, maybe leading ladies Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel can reprise the roles of Glinda and Elphaba.