Playbill Poll: What Should Patrick Wilson's Next Broadway Role Be? Readers Respond
By Playbill Staff
Stage and screen star Patrick Wilson, who appeared on Broadway in The Full Monty, Oklahoma!, Barefoot in the Park and All My Sons, recently revealed that he will return to Broadway in spring 2014. Playbill.com wondered: What production and role would you like to see Wilson play on Broadway?
Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter asking them to share their choices for roles they'd like to see Wilson take on in his Broadway return.
Here are some reader responses followed by our own commentary.
Jeannette Quintana: Les Mis
The international hit musical Les Misérables is set to return to New York City for its third Broadway outing beginning March 1, 2014. Casting has not been announced for the 25th-anniversary, re-imagined production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical. Wilson would make an ideal Jean Valjean (originated by Colm Wilkinson) or his tireless pursuer Javert (originated on Broadway by Terrence Mann). Either way he's cast, audiences would have the chance to hear him sing "Bring Him Home" or "Stars."
mrtylermartins: @patrickwilson73 HAS to come back to Broadway as Billy Bigelow in Carousel.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Carousel was last revived to Tony Award-winning acclaim in 1994. The lush classic had a starry five-performance concert staging featuring a host of Broadway talent and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra last winter. John Raitt originated the role of Billy Bigelow, who performs such songs as "Soliloquy," "If I Loved You" and "The Highest Judge of All."
Gabriela Geselowitz: He'd make a good Cliff
The Kander and Ebb classic Cabaret is heading back to Broadway beginning March 21, 2014, at Studio 54, with Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles and Tony Award winner Alan Cumming as the Emcee. Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall will recreate their Tony-winning 1998 staging for the Broadway return of Cabaret. Casting for the role of Cliff, who sang "Why Should I Wake Up?" in the original (cut for the Mendes revival), has not been announced. If Wilson does return to the stage as Cliff, audiences will only get a snippet of his voice during the truncated version of "Perfectly Marvelous" with Sally.
Robin Richard: Joe Hardy in "Damn Yankees."
The 1955 musical features a book by original director George Abbott and Douglas Wallop, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The Faustian musical was adapted from Wallop's 1954 novel "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant." It was last revived on Broadway in 1994. City Center Encores! presented the musical as part of its summer series in 2008 with Cheyenne Jackson as Joe Hardy.
Robin Richard: Joey in "Pal Joey."
The Rodgers and Hart musical has gone through numerous rewrites and revisions since its 1940 Broadway premiere at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Gene Kelly originated the role of nightclub entertainer Joey, who was played on film by Frank Sinatra in 1957. Songs for the leading man include "I Could Write A Book," "You Mustn't Kick It Around" and "Pal Joey." It was last revived on Broadway in 2008.
Damian Kelly-Bateman: Von Trapp in Sound of Music
Rodgers and Hammerstein's audience favorite The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway in 1959 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre with Theodore Bikel as Captain Von Trapp and Mary Martin as Maria. The celebrated 1965 film adaptation starred Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews. In December, NBC will air a live broadcast of the musical featuring Carrie Underwood as Maria and Stephen Moyer as Von Trapp.
Nathan Hinds: I'm going to say he should go completely against type and play Miss Trunchbull. It would be a fun change to see something totally unexpected from him.
Wilson has the stature to play Miss Trunchbull, the intimidating, child-loathing school teacher in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Matilda. Bertie Carvel, who won an Olivier Award in London, originated the role at the Royal Shakespeare Company and repeated his work in the Broadway premiere. Craig Bierko recently assumed the role.
John Abernathy: City of Angels.
The Tony Award-winning 1989 musical by Larry Gelbart, David Zippel and Cy Coleman is overdue for a Broadway revival. Wilson would make an ideal Stine (the disillusioned crime novelist who turns to Hollywood) or Stone (the heroine of the screenplay who has all the fun). Gregg Edelman and James Naughton originated the roles, respectively. Both were Tony-nominated, and Naughton took home the honor for Best Actor.
Juhstin Rahmihres: Can we get him in Phantom but not playing Raoul but the Phantom. I would love to see that.
Wilson starred as Raoul in the 2004 film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical that is now in its 25th year in London and New York. Michael Crawford famously originated the role of the Phantom and first introduced audiences to "The Music of the Night."
Gary Hall: Mack Sennett in Mack and Mabel with Laura Osnes.
Mack and Mabel premiered at the Majestic Theatre in 1974. Robert Preston originated the role of filmmaker Mack Sennett in the short-lived musical that features such songs as "I Won't Send Roses," "Movies Were Movies," "I Promise You A Happy Ending" and "Time Heals Everything."
Michael Equality Piatkowski: The Bodyguard.
The new musical adaptation of the Whitney Houston film "The Bodyguard" is reportedly eyeing a Broadway run in 2014. Tony Award winner Heather Headley originated the role of pop star Rachel Marron. Kevin Costner originated the title role of her protector on screen in 1992.
Blake Sherman: I think he would be good as Guy in Once.
Steve Kazee originated the role of Guy to Tony Award-winning acclaim in Once, the musical based on the 2006 indie film of the same title. The production, which won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical, currently features "Dr. Who" star Arthur Darvill and Joanna Christie as the lovelorn troubadours at the center of the tale.
Shannon Donohue: Roundabout Theatre Company is planning to bring "The Philadelphia Story" to Broadway. I could see him as C.K. Dexter Haven.
Philip Barry's play premiered on Broadway in 1939 and famously starred Katharine Hepburn as Tracy Lord and Joseph Cotten as C.K. Dexter Haven. Carey Grant played the role in the 1940 film. The Roundabout had announced plans to revive the play this fall with Alex Timbers directing; however, the production was postponed earlier this year. New dates of production have not been revealed.
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