What Icons Would You Like to See Musicalized On Stage? Playbill Readers Pick Their Favorites

By Playbill Staff
16 Jan 2012

Gene Kelly

Mark LeBlanc Peterson: Gene Kelly. Using songs from his career, and new material by Jeanine Tesori. Book written by David Lindsay-Abaire. Tesori's skills as a musical chameleon garnered the composer her second Best Original Score Tony Award nomination for Thoroughly Modern Millie, adding a host of flapper-era songs that were perfectly in tune with songs from the original film. Tesori and Lindsay-Abaire also collaborated on another Tony-nominated musical, Shrek. Sounds like an ideal team. Imagine re-creating Kelly's original dancing from "On the Town," "Singin' In the Rain" and "An American in Paris" on stage?! Our vote to fill Kelly's shoes: Tony Yazbeck!