Which Role in a Broadway Revival Would You Most Like to Play?; Over 100 Actors Respond

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12 Mar 2014

Andrea McArdle
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Andrea McArdle
Oh, so many. Hmmm, well I have to say, after recently playing the title role in Mame in PA, with my beloved Lea Delaria as Vera — she was awesome by the way — I’d love for the powers that be to bring it back in the great, big Broadway revival it deserves. Then, and I don’t think it’s ever too soon with this show, I’d “kill” for a grand revival of Sweeney Todd. I remember the magic of seeing the show when Dorothy Loudon took over for Angela Lansbury and was just transported by its murderous melodies and passions. The pairing of Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince brought us such iconic moments. I mean, is there anything more glorious than “A Little Priest”? And, you wouldn’t have to twist my arm to play both Mame Dennis Burnside and Mrs. Lovett in those revivals. Haha, I’m greedy when it comes to those great roles! I’d also love them to bring back Hairspray because Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s joyous “You Can’t Stop The Beat” finale should always be available for Broadway audiences — it was like musical cotton candy. I adore those two boys.

Marin Hinkle
I would love to try Beatrice in Paul Zindel's The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds (having played her daughter, Tillie, years ago.) And, I would love to play Emily Stilson in Arthur Kopit's marvelous play Wings. In high school, I combed through my town's public library for a play to enter into the city's annual competition, discovered this Kopit gem in the shelves and we ended up doing it. I played the therapist in it, but haven't given up the hope of one day playing the extraordinary part of Ms. Stilson - a wing walker with aphasia.

 

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