Playbill Poll: Our Readers Pick the Broadway Musicals They Want to See Josh Groban Headline

By Playbill Staff
January 12, 2014

In a recent appearance on "Watch What Happens Live," multiple Grammy award-nominee Josh Groban stated that Broadway was on the horizon. While the gifted vocalist has an original work in mind for his Broadway debut, we couldn't help but wonder, what shows would be great vehicles for Groban?



Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter to see what they would like to see Josh Groban in and why?

Once

Rapha Conrad: Once the musical.

Nika Freeman: I would love to see him originate a role. However, if we are talking about musicals already running - I'll have to say Once.

Catherine Uy Huculak: I'd love to see him in Once jsut so I can see the look on his face when they refer to Josh Groban in the show!

Based on the 2006 film of the same name, Once took home eight 2012 Tony awards including Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Book. Click here to check the new "Guy" in Broadway's Once, Paul Nolan.

Chess

Chess Morgan Roebuck: The Russian in Chess.

Patrick Jennings: Definitely a LONG OVERDUE Broadway revival of Chess.

Hayley Goldstein: A revival of Chess, he was great in the concert version.

Jennifer James: Hmmm...seriously I think they should revive Chess.

Kara Hogan: Chess!

Chess opened on Broadway in 1988.  Since its short-lived run, Chess has been revised into new productions, notably a 2009 concert version starring Groban, Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal.

The Phantom of the Opera

Dan Hoffman: Phantom of the Opera

Lea Passione: Josh Groban in Phantom of the Opera

Jennifer Leary: Chess revival or honestly I'd really like to see him take on Phantom or Raoul.

Andrea Chilikiewicz: Like many people, Josh Groban *needs* to come to Phantom. I don't see him as The Phantom, but he has the perfect range for Raoul. 

Becky Hancox: Phantom of course! 

Tina Doelling: I would love to see him as the Phantom.

The Phantom of the Opera is currently the longest-running production in Broadway history and is about to mark its 26th Broadway anniversary later this month.

Beauty and the Beast

Logan Gabriel Frederick: Beauty and the Beast would actually be great... would love to hear him sing "If I Can't Love Her."

Danielle Shelley: Beauty and The Beast, Perchik in Fiddler On The Roof, Raoul in Phantom, Eric in The Little Mermaid, Captain Von Trapp in Sound of Music.

Beauty and the Beast was the first Disney animated film to be adapted into a stage musical. The show ran for 5,461 performances, making it the eighth longest running show in Broadway history. Click here to check out some production photos from the newest Disney musical coming to The Great White Way, the stage adaptation of Disney's Aladdin.

Company

Logan Gabriel Frederick: Company or maybe even Beauty and the Beast.

Mark Linehan: Company, his "Being Alive" would be incredible.

Behtany Sulecki: I'd love to hear him sing the music of Sondheim, so either George in Sunday in the Park With George or Bobby in Company. Anything at all really!!! He mentioned wanting to originate a role, and that would be fantastic!!

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the original Broadway production of Company nabbed a record 14 Tony award nominations.  It has been produced world-wide with numerous star-studded casts, including stars such as Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, Raul Esparza, Emily Skinner, Alice Ripley and Carol Burnette.

Les Miserables

Debbie Pellegrino Castineiras: Marius in Les Miserables.

Jonathan Pal: Les Miserables, probably.

Deon Ridley: Les Miserables!!!

Grayson Jostes: Chess, Phantom, Les Miserables, or Cabaret. Maybe in a play.

Katie Followell: Classical shows like Phantom or Les Miserables.

Les Miserables opened on Broadway in 1987 and ran for nearly 7,000 performances, making it the fifth longest-running production in Broadway history.  Click here to check out the cast of the upcoming 2014 revival.

Cinderella

'Hailee' Williams Everything. I want to see him in everything. But I think the Prince in Cinderella would be fitting.

Danielle Nelson: I would like to see him in the following shows: Aladdin - The Musical and Prince Topher in Cinderella the Musical because his voice is amazing and I would see both shows. 

The classic Rodgers and Hammersetin love story was revived with a new book in March 2013, starring Tony Award nominees Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana. Click here to read about who will stepping into the glass slippers on February 4th, 2014 following the departure of Tony award-nominee Laura Osnes.

City of Angels

Garrett Canna: I would adore a revival of City of Angels with Groban as Stone.

With music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel, City of Angels opened on Broadway at the Virginia Theatre on December 11, 1989.  It ran for 879 performances and won numerous Tony awards including the award for Best Musical.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

Zandra McCormack: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.

Rick Ross: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat would fit him.

With a book by Time Rice and a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat opened on Broadway in1982 and ran for 747 performances.  The musical was nominated for eight 1982 Tony awards. It was revived in 1993. 

Brigadoon

Blake Sherman: I would love to see him in Brigadoon.

With music composed by Frederick Lowe and a book by Alan Jay Lerner, Brigadoon opened in 1947. Numerous songs from this show, such as "Almost Like Being In Love,"  have become standards.

In concert at 54 Below

Regina Klose-Briganti: Definitely a string of 54 Below performances would be amazing.

The popular nightlife spot 54 Below has hosted performances by some of Broadway's biggest names including Patti LuPone, Ben Vereen, and Barbara Cook. Click here to check out an upcoming concert produced by Playbill's own Michael Gioia, featuring Broadway stars Tituss Burgess and Julia Murney.