What Musical Would You Like to See Receive a Sequel? Playbill Readers Pick Their Favorites
By Michael Gioia
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?
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.
Liz Greenberg: An Avenue Q [sequel entitled] Q2, or another avenue. Cast is now 10 years older, and purpose is still elusive.
A 10-years-later sequel to the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q was suggested on both Twitter and Facebook. Ten years later, the characters of Q will be in their 30s, and after all, 30 is the new 20! When we left off, Princeton and Kate reconciled their differences, Rod came out of the closet and a newcomer took up residence at Avenue Q. The sequel can explore the ups and downs of Princeton and Kate, Kate's School for Monsters, Rod and Ricky's marriage, Brian's ongoing quest for a new job, Trekkie Monster's favorite pastime and the life and times of the Avenue Q newbie.
Brian Bailey: How about Company… Bobby would be 77 now and dealing with being alone again. Imagine the follow-up to "Being Alive"!
The Tony Award-winning musical Company is the story of New York bachelor Bobby, who learns about the married life through a series of vignettes. What happens if, at 77 years old, Bobby still is alone? In reply to Bailey's Company sequel suggestion, Facebook user Jon Rosen added, "Brian: 'Being Almost Alive'… Or, Bobby might have Alzheimer's… 'Being Forgetful'… Or, maybe he has rotten kids… 'Being Abused'… There are SO many possibilities at 77!" This time, we could see the musical from an older person's perspective. Here's to the ladies who brunch…? A comic Company!
Jen Beatty McGurn: Next to Normal with the original cast. I couldn't get enough of their story & would love to see where the writers would take the family.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal leaves audiences wanting more. As the curtain comes down, Diana has left her husband and daughter, Dan is now haunted by his dead son Gabe, and Natalie is still on the search for a normal life. So many questions are left: Does Diana continue to seek help? Should Dan see a therapist as well? Is Natalie still experimenting with drugs? Has her relationship with Henry survived? Facebook user Michael Kline suggested the title Shock Treatment, which was also used for a follow-up to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." If Tony winner Alice Ripley and the original Next to Normal company returned for a sequel, the production would be in good hands.
Dorian Woodruff: Les Miz 30 years later. Where did their lives take them?
With the Tony Award-winning, long-running musical Les Misérables thrown into the mix, Facebook user David Whitman suggested, "There was a novel 'Cosette: The Sequel to Les Misérables' written by Laura Kalpakian… and was supposedly written using actually historical events." Here's how the book is described on Amazon: "Written by an authority on Victor Hugo's classic novel, this sequel chronicles the life of Cosette, the adopted daughter of Jean Valjean, and her romance with Marius Pontmercy, while revolution continues to envelop France." This could be a possible premise if the epic musical receives a "Part Two" on Broadway. For now, we will have to settle for the star-studded, highly anticipated movie musical. Read more about the film, and check out the official trailer.
Matt Luminello: West Side Story 2. Maria realizes she is pregnant with Tony's baby after he was shot.
Now, there is a drama! However, this may be more realistic for morning talk show television…
Jacob Wallace: I would love to see a sequel to The Drowsy Chaperone having the Man in the Chair polishing off a different favorite record from back in the day.
The Man in Chair was a great host for an evening on Broadway with his favorite musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, and would likely offer up his apartment for a new slew of Broadway performers. Plus, who doesn't enjoy a classic musical complete with commentary and the ability to rewind, fast forward and pause?
Other sequel possibilities included Miss Saigon: The War Is Over, in which Kim was actually saved by the Engineer in the end and she travels to America to reunite with Chris; Hairspray: They Stopped the Beat; a Gypsy sequel, featuring more Mama Rose after Gypsy Rose Lee made it big; a Falsettos sequel with the original cast; Jesus Christ Superstar: Resurrected; a Sound of Music sequel entitled Sound of Silence; a continuation of The Book of Mormon; and a second part of The Last Five Years entitled The Next Five Years, where Cathy plots revenge on Jamie for their messy breakup.
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