PLAYBILL POLL: In What Stage Role Would You Want to See "Frozen" Star Kristen Bell?

News   PLAYBILL POLL: In What Stage Role Would You Want to See "Frozen" Star Kristen Bell?
It was recently announced that Kristen Bell will star as Sheila in the upcoming Hollywood Bowl production of Hair. (The cast also includes Broadway's Hunter Parrish as Claude and "Glee" star Amber Riley as Dionne.) This news, coupled with Bell's stellar vocal performance in the Academy Award-winning animated film "Frozen," made us wonder: In what other stage roles would our readers like to see Bell?

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Kristen Bell Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Bell made her Broadway debut in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 2001. She was later seen in the 2002 production of The Crucible and was a guest performer at the 60th Annual Tony Awards in 2006. Apart from providing the voice for the sassy Princess Anna in Disney's "Frozen," she has starred in numerous films, including "Reefer Madness," "Burlesque" and the title role in the 2008 comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter. Their responses follow:

Andy Saladino: Clara in Light in the Piazza?

Adapted from the Elizabeth Spencer novel, The Light in the Piazza tells the story of a North Carolina mother and daughter who are vacationing in Italy, where the daughter falls in love with a local man against her mother's wishes. With music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, the show opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in 2005 starring Kelli O'Hara, Matthew Morrison and Victoria Clark. The show won six Tony Awards, including Best Actress for Clark and Best Original Score for Guettel.

Chelsey Robichaud: Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (if she hasn't yet)

Based on the 1960s film of the same title, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a poor florist's assistant who raises a strage, carnivorous plant that eventually destroys everything in its path. This Alan Menken and Howard Ashman musical, which made a splash Off-Broadway starring Ellen Greene, made its Broadway debut in 2003 at the Virgina Theatre starring Tony nominees Hunter Foster and Kerry Butler and received one 2004 Tony nomination for Foster.

Alanna Perkovich-Smith: She would make a beautiful Cinderella.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella opened on Broadway in 2013 starring Tony nominee Laura Osnes in the title role. The show was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning Best Costume Design. Pop artist Carly Rae Jepson, who took over the title role from Osnes in February, will wear the famous glass slippers for the last time when she takes her final bow June 8.

Lea Passione: Penny in Hairspray

A musical adaptation of the John Waters film of the same title, Hairspray opened on Broadway in 2002 starring Tony winners Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony nominees Kerry Butler and Laura Bell Bundy. The show won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

@sweetertheatre:  @playbill Hope in Anything Goes

@BoomboxxChica:  @playbill Hope Harcourt-Anything Goes!

Anything Goes opened on Broadway in 1934 with Broadway legend Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney.  This Cole Porter musical has enjoyed two Tony Award-winning revivals: 1987 starring Patti LuPone and 2011 starring Sutton Foster, Joel Grey and Laura Osnes.

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