PLAYBILL PICKS: Ten "Glee" Actors We'd Like to See On the Great White Way (And in What Shows)
19 Dec 2011
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With the imminent arrival of "Glee" actor Darren Criss in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — who will ring in the New Year as J. Pierrepont Finch — Playbill.com has come up with ten other "Glee" stars we'd like to see illuminate the New York theatre scene when season three of the Fox hit series wraps filming.
Lea Michele (Rachel Berry): Since the Broadway-bound revival of Funny Girl was postponed and so many great gals have already flown over the Emerald City in Wicked, the "Glee" star would be a perfect match for Dorothy Gale in a Broadway version of The Wizard of Oz. The new adaptation — currently playing the West End's London Palladium — features the classic Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg score plus additional music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. If the production were to make the leap to Broadway, Michele would be the perfect choice to fill out the ruby slippers — not only is she starring in the upcoming "Dorothy of Oz" film, but who could forget her duet with Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel) on the Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland classic "Get Happy / Happy Days Are Here Again"?
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.