Playbill Poll: Our Readers Cast the Title Role of the Upcoming Film Adaptation of Pippin

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22 Dec 2013

Producers of The Sound of Music Live!, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, are set to work with the Weinstein Company on a film adaptation of the 1970s musical Pippin, written by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson. With another big-name musical coming to the big screen, we wondered: Who could be "Extraordinary" as the title character in Pippin?

Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter to see who they would cast as Pippin in the new film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical.

Hunter Parrish

Mark Robinson:  Hunter Parrish! Love HIM! Boy, can sing it and if likeable even when his character's actions are not - which is a lot of who and what Pippin is - likeable in spite of being a whiner.

Juhstin Rihmihres:  I think box office wise it would be smart to use Hunter Parrish and since he was in Spring Awakening and Godspell, so he has Broadway respect too.

Maeve Riley:  I'd say either Darren Criss or Hunter Parrish.

Parrish made his Broadway debut in 2008 as Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening and remained in the role until the show's closing in 2009.  He starred in the 2011 Broadway revival of Godspell and left the cast in 2012 to film the final season of the Showtime original series "Weeds,"  in which he starred as Silas, the troubled son to stay-at-home mother turned drug dealer.

Aaron Tveit

Nikke Nason:  Aaron Tveit!

Zeek Smith:  Aaron Tveit

Ariana Schonwald:  Aaron Tveit because he gorgeous and an amazing singer.

Colleen Macfarland:  Aaron Tveit

Annie Kathryn Zanchelli:  Aaron Tveit! He is so talented and I think it's his chance to make it big!

Margaret Daisy Rose:  Aaron Tveit.  Please.  Pretty please with jazz hands on top?

An alumni of Ithaca College, Tveit made his Broadway debut in 2006 as Link Larkin in Hairspray.  He originated the role of Gabe in the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, as well as the role of Frank Abignale Jr. in the stage adaptation of the hit movie Catch Me If You Can.  He starred in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables and is currently portraying the role of Mike Warren in the USA Network original series "Graceland."

Matthew James Thomas
photo by Joan Marcus

Lauren Ortiz:  Matthew James Thomas who is currently playing pippin on Broadway is #perfection

Abby Reed: Matthew James Thomas of course.

L. Marie Martin:  Matthew James Thomas

Kayleigh Downey:  Matthew James Thomas!

Fabiana Marsiglia: Matthew James Thomas is perfect.

Robert Brumfield: After seeing Pippin this past Tuesday night, I would def say Matthew James Thomas - he was amazing!

Gage Rancich: Matthew James Thomas. Why not? He's done screen stuff before and his singing and acting is phenomenal. Super nice guy too!

Jennifer Leary:  Obviously Matthew James Thomas. He's an incredible Pippin

Thomas is currently starring in the  Broadway revival of Pippin in the title role.  He was the alternate for Reeve Carney in Julie Taymor's Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark and has starred in the films "Billy Elliot" and "About a Boy."

Jeremy Jordan

Callaghan Mayer:  Jeremy Jordan

Rachel DeGraffenreid:  Jeremy Jordan because boy can sang. And because boy can sang. And because boy can sang.

Laura Beth Dailey:  Jeremy Jordan. After seeing him sing "Morning Glow" at the Kennedy Center, I know he can make the music soar, and his rising stardom will attract people to movie theaters.

Lea Passione:  Aaron Tveit, Jeremy Jordon, or  Darren Criss (Hands down).

A Tony Award nominee, Jordan is best known for originating the roles of Jack Kelley in Newsies and Clyde Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde, as well as starring in the television series "Smash" as tough-guy writer Jimmy Collins.  He will be seen as Jamie Wellerstein in the upcoming film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's semi-autobiographical musical, The Last Five Years. Check out some pictures of Jordan and co-star Anna Kendrick on the movie set.

Jonathan Groff
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Suzanne Tidwell: J Groff would be perfect. He has that inherent sweetness and innocence.

Hunter Emmett Burke:  Jonathan Groff. I feel like he has a big enough fan-base to attract viewers. He also has a nice résumé full of broadway credits and has been in some pretty big projects in Hollywood including Frozen, Glee, and a new HBO series he will be starring in called Looking. I think he is a good candidate.

Anthony Nufrio Jr.:  Jonathan Groff.

Sandile Mhlaba:  MJT, Jonathan Groff, or Jeremy Jordan.

Groff originated the role of Melchior Gabor in the rock-musical Spring Awakening in 2006, for which he received a Tony Award nomination.  He can be heard as the voice of Kristoff in the Disney/Pixar film "Frozen" and will be the star of the HBO original series, "Looking."

Darren Criss
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Lexi Ambrose:  Darren Criss!!

Maeve Riley: I'd say either Darren Criss or Hunter Parrish

Lea Passione:  Aaron Tveit, Jeremy Jordon, or Darren Criss

Gwion Jones:  Jonathan Groff, Darren Criss, or Aaron Tveit.

Criss made his Broadway debut in 2012 as J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  He is best-known for playing Blaine Anderson on the hit FOX television comedy "Glee." Criss made his feature film debut in 2012 in the comedy "Girl Most Likely." He also performs in the HBO documentary "Six By Sondheim."

Daniel Radcliffe

Christian Zilko: Daniel Radcliffe. He can sing and act, and his star-power will make it a hit.

R.I. Procter:  Daniel Radcliffe.

The world-renowned "Harry Potter" star made his Broadway debut in 2011 in Equus and later starred as J. Pierrepont Finch in the 2012 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.