PLAYBILL POLL: What Musical Would You Like to See Staged in Concert?

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Following the recent, acclaimed concert version of the Tony Award-winning musical Titanic at Avery Fisher Hall, we wondered: What musicals would readers like to see in a full concert staging? polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter. Their responses follow:

Alec Caroll: I really, really, really wanna see Funny Girl happen!

Alexandra Daisy King: Funny Girl

Loosely based on the life of Broadway star Fanny Brice, Funny Girl opened on Broadway in 1964 starring a young Barbra Streisand in the leading role. The award-winning singing actress received her second Tony nomination in 1964 for her performance. The musical has yet to be revived on The Great White Way.

Stephanie Marie: Beauty and the Beast

Patrick Redden: Beauty and the Beast

Lea Passione: Beauty and the Beast… please?

Running over 5,000 performances, Disney Theatrical Productions’ first Broadway outing became the eighth-longest running show in Broadway history. With larger-than-life costumes, Beauty and the Beast took home the 1994 Tony Award for Best Costume Design.

Seth Ward Pyatt: Aida

Rose Ream: Aida, by Elton John and Tim Rice. Such beautiful songs, “Elaborate Lives”, “The Gods love Nubia”, “Written in the Stars”, “Easy as Life”, “The Past is Another Land!”

Based on the Giuseppe Verdi opera of the same name, Aida opened on Broadway in 2001 and took home four Tony Awards: Best Actress, Best Score, Best Lighting Design and Best Scenic Design. Numerous pop stars played the title role following Heather Headley — who won the Tony for her performance — including Toni Braxton and Michelle Williams.

Matt Condello: Grand Hotel

John Verderber: Yes to Grand Hotel. Brilliant idea.

Grand Hotel is based on the 1929 novel and play, Menschen im Hotel, which was also made into a movie in 1932. The musical version, directed by multiple Tony winner Tommy Tune, opened on Broadway in 1989 and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning five.

Ben Goodlund: Parade!!!

With music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown — currently represented on Broadway with the new musical The Bridges of Madison County — Parade is based on the 1913 trial of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank. While the musical dramatizes much about the relationship between Frank and his wife, Lucille, it does not shy away from the tragic conclusion of the trial. Parade marked Brown’s first Broadway production and garnered two Tony Awards in 1999.

Jen Lau: Sunset Blvd. - with the original Broadway cast!

David L. McCurdy-Waterhouse: Sunset Boulevard

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard opened on Broadway in 1994, taking home Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. It is based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same title and follows the life of ill-fated silent-screen star Norma Desmond, the role originated in London by Patti LuPone and played on Broadway by Glenn Close, who won a Tony for her performance; Betty Buckley; and Elaine Paige.

Chad Gneiting: Mame would be great to hear as a full orchestra.

Based on the novel Auntie Mame and the 1956 Broadway play, Mame opened in 1966 at the Winter Garden Theatre, starring Angela Lansbury and Beatrice Arthur. Lansbury won her first Tony Award for Best Leading Actress for her work in the title role, and Arthur won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for her performance as Vera Charles. The success of the musical spawned the 1974 film adaptation, starring Lucille Ball in the title role and Arthur reprising her Tony Award-winning role.

Blake Sherman: RENT

Jonathan Larson’s Rent opened on Broadway in 1996, taking home numerous Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Idina Menzel, who made her Broadway debut in the role of Maureen Johnson, will be seen next month in the new musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, If/Then.

Amos Raymond Glass: Gypsy

Gypsy opened in 1959 starring the legendary Ethel Merman as Rose. The musical is based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, a famous striptease artist, and focuses on her relationship with her sister June and their overbearing mother Rose. Merman was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress but lost to Mary Martin in The Sound of Music. Subsequent Broadway Roses include Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Linda Lavin, Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone.

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